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‘Def Comedy Jam’ returns to Netflix with Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence

'Def Comedy Jam 25' is bringing back some big names.


Audra Schroeder


Published Aug 24, 2017

Netflix is bringing back the influential comedy show Def Comedy Jam for its 25th anniversary.

The show, co-created by Russell Simmons, debuted on HBO in 1992 and quickly became a popular stage for black comedians: Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, and Cedric the Entertainer all got showcased. The 25th anniversary special will include those three as well as Dave Chappelle, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, D.L. Hughley, Bill Bellamy, Adele Givens, Mike Epps, Eddie Griffin, Steve Harvey, Kid Capri, Craig Robinson, JB Smoove, Sommore, Joe Torry, Sheryl Underwood, and Katt Williams.

Def Comedy Jam popped back up on HBO in 2006, but it’s interesting that it’s making the jump to Netflix. The new special will celebrate the “impact and legacy” of the series.

Def Comedy Jam 25 is set to debut in the fall.

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*First Published: Aug 24, 2017, 10:55 am CDT