Chris Rock is about to make his 2017 even more lucrative, with an announcement that he’ll be embarking on a global stand-up comedy tour called ‘Total Blackout’, his first in nearly a decade.

Making the reveal via a video post on his official Facebook page, rather than a traditional press release, the 51 year old comedian said that the tour would start in the new year – and he acknowledged to his fans that it had been a while.

“Tonight, I am announcing that I, Chris Rock, am going on tour,” the clip began. “The 'Total Blackout' tour is coming to your town in 2017.”

Chris RockChris Rock announced the 'Total Blackout' stand-up tour for 2017

“First time in nine years, OK?” he says in the video, recorded outside the Comedy Store in Los Angeles in a live broadcast. “Haven’t done it in a while. Been a little busy, you know, writing ‘Pootie Tang 3’ and everything. But hey, it’s time. I can’t wait to see you bitches!”

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Rock hosted the Oscars earlier this year, and also used the hashtag ‘#blackout’ in reference to the all-white nominees controversy that had trailed the ceremony.

He had previously hinted that he might go on tour back in October when it was announced that he had concluded a deal with Netflix to bring two stand-up specials to the streaming service, in a rumoured $40 million agreement.

The first of those two specials is due to be filmed at some point on the 'Total Blackout' tour, in what will be Rock’s first stand-up special since 2008’s ‘Kill The Messenger’.

Tickets are due to go on sale on December 7th, with the tour kicking off in Durham, North Carolina, on February 14th 2017 and concluding on June 3rd in Atlantic City.

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