Chris Rock is set to make his return to stand-up with two Netflix comedy specials, the streaming service announced on Thursday.
The first special, marking the comedian’s return after an eight-year hiatus, will tape in 2017 following a world tour currently being planned.
“Chris Rock is a beloved actor and director, and his remarkable stand-up makes him comic royalty. 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,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos in a statement.
“I’m very excited to be working with Ted and Lisa and all the good people at Netflix. I can’t wait to get back on stage,” said Rock.
Earlier this year, Rock served as the host of the 88th Annual Academy Awards, which came following criticism of the Academy for having failed to nominate any actors of color for the second year in a row.
Rock’s other recent credits include a guest role on Fox’s musical drama “Empire,” as well as an appearance in Bill Murray‘s Netflix special “A Very Murray Christmas” and Amy Schumer‘s HBO stand-up special “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo,” for which he received an Outstanding Director for a Variety Special nomination at this year’s Emmys.