In 1992 HBO premiered Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam and Netflix is marking the show’s 25th anniversary by bringing back those comedians to pay tribute and celebrate this ground-breaking stand up comedy show. Many of today’s biggest African American comedians got their first big break and national television exposure on Def Jam. Today’s biggest comedian starts that include Dave Chappelle, Monique and Mike Epps will be there to give their props.
Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos spoke of his passion to air the special at the event. “We’ve been doing stand-up comedy particularly in the last couple of years. This felt like a natural home for [the special] to keep the legacy going and keep the history going,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
One of the best moments from this show happened between segment tapings where comedians D.L. Hughley and Dave Chappelle joked about their public school education onstage and led a sing-a-long with the audiences.