Chris Rock Lands $40 Million Deal With Netflix
Funny man Chris Rock is $40 million dollars richer this year after landing a huge contract with Netflix for two comedy shows (yes, we said $40 million!). With this promise from Netflix, Chris has made history and become the highest paid stand-up comic. According to Hollywood Reporter, the first show will be taped in 2017, following a new world tour that is reportedly in the making. This is the first time in a while Chris has agreed to an engagement like this, marking eight years since the comedian’s return to the stage. Variety says, the company reportedly out bided Amazon, Hulu, and HBO for the rights to the as-yet-unnamed specials.
Chris Rock has come a long way from starring as Pookie in the 1991 classic New Jack City, and twenty-one years later he is still landing big deals. He has recently appeared on the screen as a guest on rising show Empire, and this is after he hosted the Oscars.
“Chris Rock is a beloved actor and director, and his remarkable stand up makes him comic royalty,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “There is no one like him, and Netflix offers the global platform and creative freedom that will serve as a perfect home for someone with his incredible talent.”
It's not clear yet what his two specials will be called, how long they'll run, or which topics he'll cover, but the comedian said he was excited to be working with the company, and that he "can't wait to get back on stage."
Congrats to Chris on landing this new deal and getting paid what Hollywood Reporter is calling “a king’s ransom”.