The first project that Tucker has starred in and produced through his Chris Tucker Entertainment production company, Chris Tucker Live promises to showcase the Rush Hour actor’s comedic chops with a trip down memory lane, from his childhood through his big-screen career. The special was filmed at the Historic Fox Theatre in Tucker’s hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.
The special is directed by Gridiron Gang filmmaker Phil Joanou, who also directed the 2012 short film The Punisher: Dirty Laundry.
Although he was a frequent performer on Def Comedy Jam early in his career, Tucker has never been featured in a stand-up comedy special prior to Chris Tucker Live. After getting his big break in the 1995 film Friday alongside Ice Cube, Tucker’s big-screen career took off with featured roles in films such as The Fifth Element, Rush Hour, and most recently, The Silver Linings Playbook. Tucker co-starred in all three Rush Hour movies with Jackie Chan, and he shared the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast in 2012 with the rest of his Silver Linings Playbook cast mates.
However, the comedian/actor has been largely out of the spotlight as of late. A return to the Rush Hour franchise for a fourth installment of the series has long been rumored, but has yet to be confirmed.
“I’m thrilled to be partnering with Netflix, one of the true global leaders in entertainment, on my first comedy special,” said Tucker of the special when it was first announced. “Before people started seeing me in movies, I was doing standup. It’s always been a part of me, and now I’m excited to share it with my fans around the world.”
Chris Tucker Live will debut July 10 on Netflix and will be able to be viewed everywhere the streaming service is available internationally.