Netflix is continuing to rake in the biggest stars in stand-up comedy. The streaming service just booked Louis CK for two specials, the first of which will be titled 2017 and be released on April 4.
“Louis has been one of the most innovative comedy voices in this new era of stand-up. He has also been a thought leader in the business of comedy. We have marveled at his creativity and his ability to invent comedically and commercially, and are thrilled that he is bringing his newest specials to Netflix,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Within the last few months, Netflix has also announced stand-up specials by Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle and Amy Schumer. Those are big names in any situation, but Rock, Seinfeld and Chappelle are particularly huge because they had been off the market for a while.
Rock’s special will be his first in eight years. Seinfeld has not recorded one since 1998, and he’s also bringing along his web series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. Chappelle had basically disappeared for more than a decade before returning to host Saturday Night Live in November.
There’s no information yet on how much Louis CK will earn from these specials, but it’ll probably be a huge sum of money based on the payouts Netflix has been offering to its other stars. Rock will make a record $40 million for his two specials