Netflix continues to blaze ahead as the undisputed leader of streaming comedy (sorry, Seeso…). Netflix announced earlier this year that they plan to release a new comedy special each week throughout 2017, landing some of the biggest and brightest names in the industry to help them in their endeavor. Netflix’s year of comedy just got a huge boost thanks to a new teaser trailer released today for an upcoming exclusive special commemorating the 25th anniversary of Russell Simmons’ iconic comedy series Def Comedy Jam.
The special will be called Def Comedy Jam 25 and will feature performances and commentary from some of the biggest names in comedy including Dave Chappelle, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, D.L. Hughley, Steve Harvey, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, and Craig Robinson. Netflix says Def Comedy Jam 25 is a celebration of “the impact and legacy of the long-running comedy series with surprise guests, tributes, and performances in a can’t-miss evening of unbelievably funny and raw moments.” The event will be filmed in Los Angeles next month before being released on Netflix later this year.
Def Comedy Jam was an HBO standup comedy series which ran from 1992 to 1997 and again between 2006 and 2008. The series helped launch the careers of some of today’s hottest comedians and has since become immortalized as one of the most iconic American comedy programs. Series creator Russell Simmons has recently announced that he will be bringing the series back to HBO this December, and the Netflix special will no doubt give the reboot a huge boost. With nothing else on television like it, the new iteration of Def Comedy Jam will surely stand out in today’s landscape of one-off single comedian specials.
While there’s no official date yet, Netflix has stated that Def Comedy Jam 25 will premiere sometime this fall.