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Chris Rock Announces First Tour In Nine Years

Chris Rock hosts the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Chris Rock has announced that he'll go on tour in 2017 with all new material. This will be the first time the comedian has been on the road in nine years. Rock made the announcement via a Facebook live video, shot in front of the Comedy Store in West Hollywood. The Comedy Store is a legendary venue in comedy, and one where Rock notes he's both performed and seen a number of iconic comics.

"I, Chris Rock, am going on tour. That's right, the Total Blackout Tour is coming to your town in 2017," he says enthusiastically, while pointing at his own headshot. He explains his lull in touring by saying he's "been a little busy, you know, writing Pootie Tang 3 and everything."

He also tweeted what seems to be a promo poster for the tour:

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Rock previously used the word "blackout" in a Tweet prior to the Oscars, which he hosted this past February, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It was a controversial year for the Academy Awards, given the #OscarsSoWhite controversy in response to a predominantly white list of nominees. In October, Rock signed a deal with Netflix for two stand-up specials, his first since 2008's Kill The Messenger, reports Rolling Stone.

Tickets for The Total Blackout Tour go on sale December 7. The first show is in North Carolina on Valentine's Day. A complete list of stops and dates can be found here.