Russell Simmons says he is bringing back his Def Comedy Jam reboot to HBO. HBO has picked up ‘All Def Comedy’ for a six-series run.
The news comes after HBO aired an All Def Comedy one-off special back in November 2016. The reboot will feature Tony Rock as the host and comedians who were discovered at All Def Digital’s live weekly comedy showcase and online video platform. In addition, Def Comedy alumnus are reportedly making guest appearances on the series run as well.
“I have witnessed firsthand how the most cutting-edge, seemingly alternative comics become the driving forces in mainstream comedy,” said Simmons in a press release. “I’m thankful to HBO for allowing me to give these new voices access to mainstream audiences everywhere.”
All Def Comedy, which will premiere in December on HBO, will be executive produced by Simmons and Stan Lathan, along with Chris Conti and Jeru Tillman. Lathan will direct all six episodes.
The original Def Comedy Jam series helped launch the careers of such legendary comedians like Chris Tucker, Bill Bellamy, Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and the late Bernie Mac.
Simmons reportedly is working on a Def Poetry Jam reboot with Chance the Rapper in talks to possibly hosting the series.