Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam
Many of today’s biggest comedians got their start on Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam, a series that showcased stand-up sets by black comics — and now, those comedians are returning to the franchise for a Netflix special celebrating its 25-year anniversary.
“Some of you millennials may be asking, ‘What the hell is Def Comedy Jam?'” Cedric the Entertainer says at one point in the just-released trailer, which also features throwback clips of Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence, and more. “That’s why we hate you lil’ motherf—ers!”
The stacked lineup includes Tracy Morgan, Adele Givens, Sheryl Underwood, D.L. Hughley, Deon Cole, Craig Robinson, Steve Harvey, and many more big names — including Chappelle, who released his first, highly anticipated specials since 2004’s For What It’s Worth earlier this year.
According to a previously released press release, Def Comedy Jam 25 will celebrate “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.”
Check out the trailer above, and watch the special when it debuts on Netflix Sept. 26.