All Def Comedy, A Stand-Up Special From Russell Simmons, Debuts Next Month On HBO

A new stand-up special, airing exclusively on HBO, featuring comedian Russell Simmons, will premiere next month on the network.

Simmons launched a host of today’s comedy superstars in the ‘90s on the HBO series Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam. Now, Russell Simmons returns to the network for All Def Comedy. Taped before a live audience September 7th at the Avalon Theatre in Los Angeles, the special is based on All Def Comedy Live, a weekly comedy experience produced by All Def Digital (ADD), Simmons’ cross-platform media company.

Hosted by Tony Rock (All of Us, The Tony Rock Project, Apollo Live) with DJ Drama (Atlantic Records, T.I., L’il Wayne), the uncensored special features stand-up performances in a variety of styles from up-and-coming comics, discovered at ADD’s weekly comedy showcase: Chris Powell, Zainab Johnson, Kevin Tate, and Robert Powell, as well as HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” veteran Tony Roberts.

Known for highlighting African American comedians and launching the careers of such comedy legends as Bernie Mack, Dave Chappelle, Chris Tucker, Martin Lawrence, Cedric the Entertainer and Bill Bellamy, Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam aired on HBO from 1992-1997 and returned in 2006.

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