Chris Tucker will debut his first-ever full-length stand-up comedy special on Netflix this summer on July 10.
The special will feature Tucker’s bevy of impersonations (maybe a few of his Michael Jackson ‘shom-ons’?), his well-known physicality, and his experience moving from childhood to stardom. Fittingly, it was filmed at the Historic Fox Theatre in his hometown of Atlanta, GA.
Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix, calls Tucker “one of the funniest comedians of our time.”
While he started out doing stand-up, Tucker is best known for big screen roles like Smokey in the iconic film Friday, and his turn as one-half of the odd-couple pairing in the popular Rush Hour series, playing Detective James Carter opposite Jackie Chan. He’s also known for his friendship with The King of Pop, making an appearance in MJ’s music video You Rock My World; and as a regular on Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam. His most notable recent role came in the Oscar-nominated film Silver Linings Playbook, starring Robert DeNiro, Jennifer Lawrence, and Bradley Cooper.
Tucker says despite his lengthy movie career, standup has “always been a part” of him. “I’m excited to share it with my fans around the world.”
This is a particularly big deal for Tucker – not only is it his first full-length standup performance special, but it’s also the first project in which he will both star and produce through his new company, Chris Tucker Entertainment. He has, however, previously starred and executive produced a film project in the hit movie Money Talks with Charlie Sheen. Phil Joanou will direct the comedy special.
The performance will be available to stream in all of Netflix’s territories, beginning July 10.