Comedian Chris Rock is back with his first stand-up comedy special since 2008’s “Kill the Messenger.” Titled “Tamborine - Stand-Up Special,” the new Netflix production arrived onto the streaming platform on Wednesday, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The new comedy special is the first of two that Rock has signed on to produce for Netflix, following a year when the famous comedian returned to live performing with his first tour in nine years last spring.
As Rolling Stone points out, the new special was filmed at New York City’s Brooklyn Academy of Music, and was directed by fellow funnyman Bo Burnham. Both Netflix and Rock had been pretty hush-hush about the jokes heard throughout “Tamborine,” but finally released the official trailer early Wednesday morning, which can be watched in full above. It’s during the 70-second preview where Rock can be heard talking about how he raises his kids, poking fun at his marriage by comparing it to “Hamilton: The Musical” and comparing the no b.s. tolerance when it comes to police and pilots. Just another night at the office for Chris Rock.
"Tamborine" is just one of the many recent specials landed by the streaming behemoth. Many of comedy’s biggest and most bankable names have released their own televised shows via Netflix over the past few years, including Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer and the highly anticipated return of Dave Chappelle. As of Wednesday, neither Netflix or Rock have revealed when the second special will arrive, but both will reportedly earn the comedian a hefty payday of $20 million per show. Happy Valentines Day indeed.
Rock has been sticking to mostly scripted roles over the past decade. He’s teamed up with his pals Adam Sandler and Kevin James for their “Grown Ups” movie franchise, and has appeared on a handful of popular comedy shows including “Broad City,” "The Jim Gaffigan Show” and even “Empire.” He also notably hosted the Academy Awards back in 2016. His memorable opening monologue for the awards show can be watched in the clip below.