For 25 years, creator and producer Russell Simmons's Def Comedy Jam was the comedy show for some of the best and brightest comics performing raw, cutting-edge stand-up. To commemorate its influence on today's comedy scene, Netflix has released the official trailer for Def Comedy Jam 25: a comedy special that brings back a number of comedians to celebrate the show's past and set a strong foundation for its future. Simmons, Stan Lathan, Sandy Wernick, and Jesse Collins serve as executive producers, with Def Comedy Jam 25 launching exclusively on Netflix on September 26th.
Check out the trailer for yourself here:
"Some of you millennials may be asking, 'What the hell is Def Comedy Jam?' That's why we hate you lil' motherf***ers!" – Cedric the Entertainer
Def Comedy Jam 25 came together as a way to celebrate the impact and legacy of the long-running comedy series with surprise guests, tributes, and performances. Though the lineup for the special is subject to change (with some "special guests" expected to appear), the current lineup includes: Bill Bellamy, Cedric the Entertainer, Dave Chappelle, Mike Epps, Adele Givens, Eddie Griffin, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Kid Capri, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Craig Robinson, JB Smoove, Sommore, Joe Torry, Sheryl Underwood, and Katt Williams.
Def Comedy Jam originally aired on HBO from 1992-1997, and was revived for a brief return from 2006-2008. Created and produced by Simmons, the series showcased and helped launch the careers of a number of comedians like Lawrence, Cedric the Entertainer, Underwood, and so many more. As part of his overall first-look deal with the cable giant, Simmons is developing a new version of the series that's set to premiere on HBO in December 2017 titled All Def Comedy.
Def Comedy Jam 25 is another example of the streaming service's "Netflix Is A Joke" campaign to promote Netflix as the home for stand-up comedy, having also signed comedians like Chappelle, Amy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin James, and Louis CK to huge deals for exclusive comedy specials.