Netflix has been the unquestioned home of premium stand up comedy for years now, wrestling the title away from HBO, who pioneered the genre in the 1980s an 90s. This march Netflix will take a big step forward by not only showcasing one of the biggest stars in comedy, Chris Rock, but for the first time it will stream him live. On March 4th, Rock will take the stage in Baltimore, Maryland for the first-ever Netflix live-streamed global event, Chris Rock: Selective Outrage. The historical show will stream live at 10pm ET/7pm PT. Additional details will be announced soon.
This is Rock’s second Netflix stand-up special. And his first since the famous slap heard around the world. The live event builds on Netflix’s legacy of leadership in live comedy. Netflix is a Joke: The Festival was the biggest live, in-person event in Netflix history, taking place in Spring 2022. The unprecedented event sold more than 260,000 tickets, featuring more than 330 comedians performing 295 shows across more than 35 venues in Los Angeles. The festival also featured the first-ever stand-up show at Dodger Stadium.
The upcoming special should bring a new pop to the service, which has been in reaction mode for the last few months as it recovered from its first announced quarterly subscriber loss.