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One of The Culture’s most influential television shows is making a return. Def Jam Records co-founder and hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons has announced that a reboot of the highly popular Def Comedy Jam show is coming back to television.
The new show will be titled All Def Comedy, a homage to Simmons’ current All Def Digital imprint, and will be aired on HBO. Comedian Tony Rock has been tapped as the master of ceremonies for the series, which will premiere in December 2017. In a press release, Simmons stated, “I have witnessed firsthand how the most cutting-edge, seemingly alternative comics become the driving forces in mainstream comedy. I’m thankful to HBO for allowing me to give these new voices access to mainstream audiences everywhere.”
Def Comedy Jam aired from 1992 to 1997, and launched some of the biggest names in comedy including Bernie Mac, Chris Rock, Cedric The Entertainer, Dave Chappelle, and more. The show also made a brief return in 2006.
Reports are also swirling around Simmons potentially reviving Def Poetry Jam, a popular offshoot of the comedy series. That show aired from 2002 to 2007 and was hosted by rapper/poet Mos Def, who introduced guests ranging from DMX and Kanye West to Jill Scott and Lauryn Hill. Chance the Rapper is rumored to be in the running to take over hosting duties for the show.
Props to Simmons and HBO for bringing this Gen X classic back to life for a whole new generation.