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Netflix Nabs Rights to Chris Tucker’s First Stand-Up Comedy Special

Actor and comedian Chris Tucker will headline his first full-length stand-up comedy special, “Chris Tucker Live,” available exclusively this summer on Netflix.

Tucker’s stand-up comedy perf will be available to stream in all territories where Netflix is available, on Friday, July 10. The special showcases Tucker’s comedic chops, as he shares experiences spanning from his childhood to big-time Hollywood. The special was filmed at the historic Fox Theatre in Tucker’s hometown of Atlanta.

“Chris Tucker is a true global movie star and a one-of-a-kind talent whose remarkable energy, delivery and original style make him one of the funniest comedians of our time,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer. “We cannot wait to share his distinct and hilarious voice with our members across the globe.”

Added Tucker: “I’m thrilled to be partnering with Netflix, one of the true global leaders in entertainment, on my first comedy special. Before people started seeing me in movies, I was doing stand-up. It’s always been a part of me, and now I’m excited to share it with my fans around the world.”

For Netflix, the deal adds to other stand-up comedy specials it has acquired including from Chelsea Handler, Aziz AnsariIliza ShlesingerNick Offerman, Russell Peters, Jim Jefferies, Chelsea Peretti and Bill Burr. So, you know: comedy.

Tucker and his longtime attorney Susan C. Adamson negotiated the deal with Netflix. Tucker is repped by WME.

“Chris Tucker Live,” directed by Phil Joanou, marks the first project that Tucker has starred in and produced through his own company, Chris Tucker Entertainment.

Tucker is best known for playing the role of Det. James Carter in the “Rush Hour” film series opposite Jackie Chan. The 42-year-old thesp and comic started out on Russell Simmons’ “Def Comedy Jam” on HBO in the 1990s and rose to prominence in his first starring role, the 1995 cult-film “Friday” starring opposite Ice Cube. In 1997, Tucker was executive producer of and starred in “Money Talks” with Charlie Sheen.

More recently Tucker co-starred in David O. Russell’s 2012 “Silver Linings Playbook” with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro. To date, Tucker has starred in films that have collectively grossed over $1 billion at the box office worldwide.

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