Chris Rock’s Netflix special will air the week before the Oscars, an announcement said Tuesday, growing The actress is expected to reveal the shocking moment Will Smith punched her at last year’s Hollywood awards show.
This Saturday evening Chris Rock: Chosen Anger will be the first show to be shown in real time on Netflix, with pre-shows and featured appearances by celebrities from Jerry Seinfeld and Amy Schumer to Sir Paul McCartney and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Netflix has not revealed any information about the content of the Rock’s main film, but the comic has spent much of the last year visiting independent locations around the world with a routine that includes jokes. The Skin.
Last March, Smith took to the Oscars and Rock Night stage in response to a joke made about his wife Jada’s close-cropped hair. Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia.
Rock was asked by Los Angeles police at the time if he wanted to file a report against Smith, but he declined, and has not publicly addressed the incident outside of his stand-up shows since. .
“March 4 will be an exciting evening, with a spectacular set from Chris Rock – one of the greatest of all time – and an amazing line-up of special guests,” said a Netflix’s vice president of comedy Robbie Praw.
“Our goal is to provide the best comedy to our audience and this announcement reinforces all the ways we continue to invest in the genre.”
Netflix, the world’s most popular streaming service, has attracted millions of viewers from traditional broadcast television, but it has lost subscribers over time. first last year.
The company, which has returned to growth, is testing various new models, including organic ones.
The media company has already hosted live entertainment at more than 35 venues in Los Angeles, although those shows were not available in real time on its platform.
From next year Netflix will broadcast the Screen Actors Guild Awards — an important pre-Oscars Hollywood awards show — live on its platform.
According to several reports, the company is also looking at offering live games on its platform. Rivals including Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video already offer live content including sports and music.
Saturday’s comedy show will be Rock’s second for Netflix, after the 2018 premiere Chris Rock: Tamborine.
The 95th Academy Awards will be held this year on March 12.
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