In the years since Chris Rock’s 2008 HBO special Kill the Messenger, the comic hasn’t just been twiddling his thumbs, writing and starring in movies and hosting the Oscars, he’s also been preparing a new set with all-brand-new material. Today, Rock announced on Facebook that he’ll return to the national stand-up scene with his Total Blackout tour. “The Total Blackout tour is coming to your town in 2017,” Rock said in the video, adding, “Haven’t done it in awhile. Been a little busy, you know, writing Pootie Tang 3 and everything. But hey, it’s time.” Though fans paying close attention probably expected this move — back in October, Netflix announced it struck a deal with Rock for two new specials in exchange for an insane payday (a reported $40 million) — it’s still amazing to consider that the comic has been off the road for nearly a decade. Tickets are slated to go on sale December 7 and so far stops in 21 cities, mainly in the South, have been announced. Watch Rock’s announcement below.
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