8:34pm PT by Chris Gardner
Chris Rock Unveils Plans for Stand-Up Tour in 2017
Less than two months after The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Chris Rock had scored a massive payday for two stand-up specials with Netflix, the comedian has announced the accompanying tour.
Standing outside the famed Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard at dusk Monday night, Rock used Facebook Live to spill details on the Total Blackout Tour. (The last time his name was used in a headline featuring the word "blackout" was just ahead of the 2015 Oscars, which he hosted.)
"Tonight, I am announcing that I, Chris Rock, am going on tour," Rock explained with a smile, after weaving his way from the sidewalk inside to stand-up joint, where he landed in front of his own photo on the wall. "The Total Blackout tour is coming to your town in 2017…. First time in nine years, haven't done it in awhile. Been a little busy, You know, writing Pootie Tang 3 and everything. But hey, it's time, OK."
But don't expect more Pootie Tang jokes during the 18-date Total Blackout.
"I've got all new material," he claimed. "I can't wait to see you bitches."
If you can't wait to return the favor, more information can be found here. The tour kicks off on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, at the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, N.C., and continues through May 25, when it wraps up at Harrah's Cherokee Resort Event Center in Cherokee, N.C. It isn't clear which of the dates will see Rock tape one of his two coming specials.