Russell Simmons is bringing back the highly successful Def Comedy Jam series.
Us 90’s kids will sure get a kick out of this one. Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam is coming back. However, under a new name this time — All Def Comedy. Def Comedy Jam debuted over 20 years ago, now the reboot of the acclaimed stand-up comedy series is set to make a return this December. Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons will once again take the lead.
During its initial run from 1992 to 1995, comedians like Cedric The Entertainer, Bernie Mac and Aries Spears made career breakthroughs on the Def Comedy Jam stage. The series was hosted by comedy heavyweight Martin Lawrence for its majority. The show did make a short-lived return in 2006 and joined HBO’s fall lineup that year.
Comedian Tony Rock, younger brother of Chris Rock, is set to host the new series, as it plans to feature fresh talent that will resonate with a new generation of comedy fans.
“I have witnessed firsthand how the most cutting-edge, seemingly alternative comics become the driving forces in mainstream comedy,” Simmons said in a press release. “I’m thankful to HBO for allowing me to give these new voices access to mainstream audiences everywhere.”
Simmons posted on Instagram expressing his excitement for the series’ return: