Many of Comedy's Biggest Names Gather for Special

Many of Comedy's Biggest Names Gather for Special

The HBO program that started it all, "Def Comedy Jam", turns 25 this year, and Simmons will celebrate with an upcoming Netflix special with sets from numerous comics that the show put in the limelight. It will also highlight "the impact and legacy of the long-running comedy series with surprise guests, tributes and performances in a can't-miss evening of unbelievably amusing and raw moments". The half-hour stand-up comedy series hosted by Martin Lawrence and created by Simmons became a launchpad for a number of black comedians, including Chappelle, Chris Tucker, Jamie Foxx.

Def Comedy Jam helped launch the careers of comedians including Martin Lawrence, Cedric the Entertainer, and Sheryl Underwood, who are each aboard for Def Comedy Jam 25.

Stan Lathan, Simmons, Sandy Wernick and Jesse Collins serve as executive producers. It became the home for Chappelle and released his first two television specials and will house Ellen DeGeneres' first stand-up special in 15 years.

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While Def Jam will be celebrating its past on Netflix, the franchise's immediate future remains at HBO. The lineup will include Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan and Katt Williams.

But the series' legacy has endured, even if it's been off the air for more than 10 years.

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