Chris Rock to headline Netflix’s first live event

Comedian Chris Rock.
Comedian Chris Rock. (Photo by David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons, Graphic by The Desk)

Comedian Chris Rock will headline Netflix’s first live-streamed event early next year, the content company says.

Rock will star in a stand-up comedy special that is scheduled to live-stream on the video platform in 2023, according to a spokesperson.

“Chris Rock is one of the most iconic and important comedic voices of our generation,” Robbe Praw, Netflix’s vice president of stand-up comedy formats, said in a statement. “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 honoured that Chris is carrying this torch.”

It will be Rock’s second stand-up special for Netflix. His first, “Chris Rock: Tamoborine,” began streaming on the service three years ago.

Netflix has held several live comedy festivals over the last few years, including their flagship “Netflix is a Joke” event. To date, the streaming service has only offered on-demand video of its stand-up specials and festivals.

The video platform has been exploring ways to offer more live content amid a slowdown in subscriber growth spurred by price increases. The company reversed nearly six months of subscriber losses in mid-October when it reported growth at its international divisions had offset a dip in subscribers in the United States and Canada. All told, Netflix has more than 223 million global customers,