Chris Rock Netflix Comedy Special Set to Premiere on Netflix
Chris Rock’s next Netflix comedy special has a date set. On March 4, Chris Rock: Selective Outrage, which will be live-streamed on Netflix, will debut, almost a year after the Oscar incident in which Rock, 57, was slapped by Will Smith, 54. Before Smith won the Best Actor Oscar on March 27, the iconic episode occurred during the Oscars ceremony. After making fun of his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, he stormed the stage and assaulted Rock live on television.Jada, age 50, has alopecia.
Smith’s resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a 10-year attendance ban are the results of the incident. Smith eventually expressed his regret to the comedian in a video apology in July: “I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk, and when he is he will reach out. So I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
Rock has subsequently made fun of the event and even brought it up live while touring the UK with fellow comic Dave Chappelle, 49. The first comedy special that Netflix will live stream as a global event is Chris Rock’s Selective Outrage. It will also be Rock’s second special on the platform after Chris Rock: Tamborine, which he debuted in 2018.
“Chris Rock is one of the most iconic and important comedic voices of our generation,” Robbie Praw, Netflix vice president of stand-up and comedy formats, said in a statement in November. “We’re thrilled the entire world will be able to experience a live Chris Rock comedy event and be a part of Netflix history.” “This will be an unforgettable moment, and we’re so honored that Chris is carrying this torch.”
With its live, in-person comedy event Netflix is a Joke: The Festival in the spring of 2022, the streaming provider introduced a related concept. According to the press release, more than 330 comedians performed shows at 35 different Los Angeles venues during that festival. The Netflix original film Chris Rock: Selective Outrage will make its debut on March 4 at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT).