Netflix Announces Upcoming ‘Def Comedy Jam’ Special
Though there was talk a couple years ago that HBO and Russell Simmons signed a deal that would include a 25th anniversary special for Def Comedy Jam, it appears another company got ahold of the opportunity. Netflix announced on Thursday morning that they would be airing a Def Comedy Jam 25th anniversary special this fall. The line-up for the special is set to feature Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Bill Bellamy, Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps, and a whole lot more.
HBO premiered Def Comedy Jam in 1992. Hosted by Martin Lawrence, the series introduced a bunch of Black comedians to a mainstream audience, like Martin Lawrence, Chris Tucker, Dave Chappelle, and Bernie Mac.
Netflix said they would be bringing new stand-up specials every week to their streaming service for the rest of 2017, and this year has seen two new specials from Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan, and also has plans for two new specials from Chris Rock.