Comedian Chris Rock is coming to a city near you. 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 ‘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. “I can’t wait to see you b——!”
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.”
Meanwhile, Rock said he “can’t wait to get back onstage.”