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Chris Rock’s live Netflix special taps several comedy greats, from Sykes to Seinfeld


Chris Rock’s live Netflix comedy special has added some Hollywood heavyweights to the lineup.

On Monday, the streaming giant revealed new details about its upcoming TV event, which will premiere on Netflix on Saturday and be available to watch on the platform later. Rock will kick off the “Selective Outrage” special, live from Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theater at 7 p.m. Pacific.

The primetime event will be preceded by “The Show Before the Show,” hosted by Ronny Chieng of “The Daily Show,” live from the Comedy Store on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip. The pre-show will also feature a mix of “live commentary” and “special messages” from Arsenio Hall, Deon Cole, Leslie Jones, Amy Schumer, Cedric the Entertainer, Ice-T, Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Matthew McConaughey, Paul McCartney, Sarah Silverman, Wanda Sykes and others.

Rock will star solo in the main show, followed by an after program hosted by David Spade and Dana Carvey live from the Comedy Store. “The Show After The Show” features appearances by Hall, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, JB Smoove and others.

“March 4 will be a hilarious night, with an incredible set from Chris Rock – one of the greatest standups of all time – and contributions from an amazing lineup of special guests,” said Robbie Praw, a Netflix executive who oversees on stand-up comedy, it said in a statement.

“Our goal is to bring the best stand-up comedy to our members and this live streaming event reinforces all the ways we continue to invest in the genre.”

In December, Netflix revealed the release date for “Chris Rock: Selective Outrage,” billed as the platform’s “first-ever live-streamed global event.” The announcement came on the heels of the Netflix Is a Joke festival, which took place in Los Angeles last April.

“Selective Outrage” marks Rock’s second Netflix special. The company previously released “Chris Rock: Tamborine” in February 2018.

In the new special, Rock is expected to feature the same material (including jokes about Will Smith slapping him at the 2022 Academy Awards) from his ongoing Ego Death world tour, which will conclude with his Maryland show Saturday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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