For all of you Def Comedy Jam and Def Poetry Jam fans, it looks like Russell Simmons is back on his grind with HBO.
The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively confirmed that the media mogul recently signed a two year overall deal with major cable channel, HBO. Under the deal, Simmons will create and develop new shows for the network.
Def Comedy Jam was a cult classic that opened the world up to many now famous (and infamous) black comedians such as Bernie Mac, Dave Chapelle, Damon Wayans, Aries Spears, Jamie Foxx, Chris Tucker and others. Its first run was from 1992-1997 and there was a second run from 2006-2008.
For its part, Def poetry Jam was an HBO fixture from 2002-2008 and featured amazing poets like Sonia Sanchez, Jessica Care-Moore and Saul Williams. They also added in musical guests who often used their songs as poems.
At this point, there’s been no word as to what shows Simmons will create for HBO but we know how creative he is so it’ll surely be something we’re all interested in. We know he always has his hands in the music industry and who doesn’t love a music based show? But he’s also a movie producer and HBO movies are always some of the best ever. Plus, he’s a spiritual guy and documentaries do well on their channel too.
Congrats to Uncle Russ on his new deal! What would you like to see from him on HBO?