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How to watch comedian Chris Rock’s live-stream show on Saturday


baltimore — Chris Rock’s live performanc­e from the Hippodrome Theatre on Saturday, “Selective Outrage,” will be the first of its kind on Netflix, streaming live from Baltimore.

Promising “an entire evening of live entertainm­ent from some of the world’s funniest comedians,” Netflix this week announced that Rock’s comedy special will be bookended by preand post-show streams from the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, according to a news release.

“March 4 will be a hilarious evening, with an incredible set from Chris Rock — one of the greatest stand-ups of all-time — and contributi­ons from an amazing lineup of special guests,” Netflix Vice President of Stand-up and Comedy Formats Robbie Praw said in a statement.

Tickets to see the show in person went on sale in January and sold out the following day. Here’s how and when to watch the event from home.

Before the show

At 9:20 p.m. Saturday, Netflix members will see a red “Watch Live” button on the streaming service’s home screen. Users will be taken to a waiting room before the pre-show, titled “The Show Before the Show,” which starts at 9:30 p.m.

The pre-show will be hosted by Ronnie Chieng and will star Amy Schumer, Cedric the Entertaine­r, Ice-t, Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Mccartney, Sarah Silverman and Wanda Sykes. The half-hour block will include live commentary and messages from Rock’s friends and fellow comedians.

The pre- and post-show will air Saturday only and cannot be watched afterward, according to Netflix.

The main event

Rock’s special will stream live from the Hippodrome starting at 10 p.m. Those who join late on Netflix can opt to play from the beginning or start watching from where the livestream currently is. They will also be able to rewind, pause and jump to the livestream.

“Selective Outrage” is Rock’s second comedy special on Netflix, but the performanc­e is the first special to premiere live on the streaming service — where there will be no television-standard broadcast delay to edit out profanity and mistakes.

Rock tested out his chops in Baltimore when he performed at the Hippodrome last week. During the set, part of the funnyman’s “Ego Death Tour,” Rock opened up about the infamous slap at the 94th Academy Awards, which he has briefly remarked upon only briefly since the March 2022 encounter with Will Smith.

The “Selective Outrage” special will be available for streaming after the initial livestream, according to Netflix.

The after-party

Rock’s special will be immediatel­y followed by “The Show After The Show,” hosted by David Spade and Dana Carvey, who will be joined by their fellow “Saturday Night Live” alumnus J.B. Smoove and six-time NBA Most Valuable Player Kareem AbdulJabba­r as guest stars.

The post-show will also be streamed from The Comedy Store in Los Angeles and won’t be available after Saturday. Both the pre- and post-show will be produced by Den of Thieves, directed by Joe Demaio and executivep­roduced by Jill Leiderman and Den of Thieves’ Jared Morell.

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