American comedian Chris Rock is to perform in Israel for the first time as he traverses the globe with his “Total Blackout Tour.”
He will appear in Tel Aviv on January 8, 2018, at the Menora Arena.
Rock is currently on his first stand-up tour in nine years. The 52-year-old has never performed in Israel before, but did visit the country in 2008, along with Ben Stiller and Jada Pinkett Smith, for the Israeli premiere of “Madagascar 2,” in which Rock voiced Marty the zebra.
Rock told Rolling Stone that his tour is “the alimony tour,” after his divorce from his wife Malaak Compton-Rock was finalized in August 2016. “I’ve got to make some money first,” he told the music magazine.
“This is all ‘hold tight, fight through it,'” he said of his current tour. “This is all R&B shit.”
In 1985 Rock was befriended and mentored by Eddie Murphy, who gave him his first film role in “Beverly Hills Cop II.” Rock was hired by “Saturday Night Live” in 1990, along with Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and David Spade. He then went on to a successful movie career and recorded several television specials.
Rock plans to film his next special, which will be for Netflix, sometime in December.
Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday at 11 a.m. and will cost between NIS 269 and NIS 589 ($75-$164).