The famous Black stand-up comedian and actor, Chris Rock, has announced a comeback into the world with a tour of 26 cities around the world.
Comedian Chris Rock is coming to a city near you, the Atlanta Black Star states. The actor, fresh off his history-making payday with two Netflix specials, revealed Monday, Dec. 5 that he is launching an accompanying world comedy tour next year.
In a video on Facebook Live, Rock makes his way inside of the world-famous Comedy Store stand-up club in Los Angeles. After he rattles off some of the notable comedians who performed there — including Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence – he revealed his plans for an international tour, ending his nine-year hiatus.
— The FADER (@thefader) December 6, 2016
“The ‘Total Blackout’ tour is coming to your town in 2017,” he says. “First time in nine years, okay? Haven’t done it in a while. Been a little busy, You know, writing ‘Pootie Tang 3’ and everything. But hey, it’s time, okay.”
“I’ve got all new material,” he added.
Tickets for Rock’s tour are currently on sale. It begins on Valentine’s Day Feb. 14 in Durham, N.C., and ends June 3 in Atlantic City, N.J., before picking back up in Canada in 2018. As of now, “Total Blackout” features 21 stops in the United States and three in Canada. It is unclear if he will add more shows as the weeks go on.
A portion of the tour will be filmed as part of Rock’s $40-million deal with Netflix, which was announced in October. Atlanta Black Star reported the actor will earn $20 million for each of the two comedy specials. “Total Blackout” will be taped for the first one before the end of 2017, while it is unknown when taping will begin on the second special. Additionally, air dates are currently undisclosed.
“Chris Rock is a beloved actor and director, and his remarkable stand-up makes him comic royalty,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said of the deal. “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.”
According to TicketMaster, the American leg kicks off in Durham, North Carolina, on Feb. 14. Other stops include Denver, Minneapolis and New Orleans, the Huffington Post reports.
“I can’t wait to see you b—-!” Rock says.
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) December 7, 2016
Chris Rock also promised he would perform “all-new material” on the Total Blackout tour, which borrows its title from his pre-Oscars tweet where he promised a “#blackout” at the Academy Awards he was hosting, the Rolling Stone reports.
Tickets for Rock’s tour start going on sale on December 7th on Live Nation.
Fans who want a preview of Rock in action can check out Rock’s pair of shows tonight at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Improv.
Rock’s last comedy special was Kill the Messenger in 2008, Digital Treands states. It aired on HBO, and was a compilation of material from three performances in London, New York, and Johannesburg. Rock received a pair of Emmys for the special, including Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special. His most recent high-profile gig was hosting the 2016 Academy Awards.
— VICE (@VICE) December 6, 2016
You can snag tickets to one of Rock’s tour dates, which will include 25 appearances across the U.S. and one in Niagara Falls, Ontario,Canada, on Live Nation starting Wednesday. The tour will kick off in Durham, North Carolina, on Valentine’s Day (February 14), and will end in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on June 3.
Such good news doesn’t come every day! Many African-Americans are surely looking forward to visiting the great comedian shows. It’s time for them to use their chance for good time and a good laugh after the days of constant challenge.