‘Rush Hour’ Star Chris Tucker Sets First Stand-Up Special for Netflix Debut

By March 23, 2015

While the film franchise Rush Hour is in the midst of being turned into a TV series on CBS, one of its big screen stars will be seen on the small screen in another form.

Today, according to THR, Netflix announced that Chris Tucker, who can also be seen in films like The Fifth Element and Silver Linings Playbook, will have his first stand-up special, “Chris Tucker Live,” debut on the streaming service this summer on July 10th.

The special was taped at the Historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, which is where Tucker grew up, and it’s said to feature musings from his childhood and his success in Hollywood, with the actor even showcasing some impersonations. Since this is his first comedy special, it’s hard to know what to expect, but it will probably be very loud.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer built up the announcement saying:

“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. We cannot wait to share his distinct and hilarious voice with our members across the globe.”

Calling Tucker one of the funniest comedians of our time is more than a little hyperbolic, mostly because before Silver Linings Playbook, he hadn’t starred in a film since Rush Hour 3 in 2007, and he had starred in only that film franchise from the first one in 1998 up until the end.

However, this could be the dawn of a new phase in his career, and I’m interested to see what he can do on the stand-up stage. After all, before he broke into films, he was doing stand-up comedy and has recently been touring around the world with his act. So it sounds like everyone can finally understand the words coming out of his mouth.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.
  • Thomas Kelly

    Netflix is owning stand up comedy right now