Chris Rock is finally making his first stand-up special in eight years, and an occurrence like that comes at a high price. Rock has signed a $40 million deal for two Netflix stand-up specials, according to The Hollywood Reporter, a per special price that tops even Jerry Seinfeld and Louis C.K.
The deal is also big for Netflix, as Rock had put five straight stand-up specials on HBO dating back to 1994 in addition to The Chris Rock Show from 1997-200. He also directed Amy Schumer’s HBO special last year.
It’s been a big year for Netflix in the stand-up world. The streaming site released specials by Cedric The Entertainer, Patton Oswalt, and Jim Jefferies, among others.
“I’m very excited to be working with Ted and Lisa and all the good people at Netflix,” Rock told The Hollywood Reporter. “I can’t wait to get back on stage.”
Rock’s first show will tape in 2017, but other details are currently unknown. Although the 51-year-old comedian has not put out a stand-up special since 2008, he remained in the national spotlight with a well-reviewed hosting the 2016 Oscars.
Now let’s see how much money it takes to get Dave Chappelle back on TV.