Russell Simmons ‘Def Comedy Jam’ Reboot is Coming to HBO

Fans of the hit series Russell Simmons’ Def Jam Comedy are sure to be in for a surprise as it has been confirmed that Russell Simmons will be bringing back the laughs to HBO. The entrepreneur confirmed that he’ll be returning to the network with a revamped version called All Def Comedy.

According to Deadline, HBO has picked up the series for a six-episode season that is set to kick off in December 2017. Hosted by comedian and brother of Chris Rock, Tony Rock, the show will begin taping October 10-11 at the Avalon Theatre in Los Angeles. Similar to Def Comedy Jam, the series will feature stand-up performances spotlighting rising comics discovered at All Def Digital’s live weekly comedy showcase and online video platform. It is also reported that some Def Comedy Jam veterans will also appear in the new series.

“I have witnessed firsthand how the most cutting-edge, seemingly alternative comics become the driving forces in mainstream comedy,” Simmons said per Deadline. “I’m thankful to HBO for allowing me to give these new voices access to mainstream audiences everywhere.”

Originally aired from 1992-1997, Def Comedy Jam was hosted by renowned comedians including D.L Hugley and Martin Lawrence. The series also featured some of the hottest emerging comedians at the time including, Bernie Mac, Cedric The Entertainer, Mike Epps, Steve Harvey, Chris Tucker, and Tracy Morgan… Just to name a few. The series was brought back in 2006 for another run, but ended shortly after.

As Deadline reports – Earlier this month, Simmons revealed he was looking into revamping the acclaimed Def Poetry Jam franchise with HBO as “All Def Poetry”. Simmons took to Instagram to tease the new project and reveal that he has his eyes on Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper as the potential host.

Def poetry has won a Peabody award, Image award ,and a Tony award. Now I think I want an Emmy. The hood needs a Emmy.

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Along with the premiere on HBO, All Def Comedy will be available on HBO Now, HBO Go, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

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