Where was Chris Rock: Selective Outrage filmed?

By Kieran Burt
Published: March 7, 2023 (Last updated: 3 weeks ago)

Where was Chris Rock: Selective Outrage filmed? We discuss the Netflix Live Comedy event and its filming location. 

A Chris Rock special called Chris Rock: Selective Outrage live-streamed to Netflix, the first time the service has ever done so. It was a stand-up show, with Chris Rock marking the end of his year out that started on March 30. The hour-long show was flanked by a pre and post-piece, with different hosts and guests. Toward the end of the special, Chris Rock finally addressed the slap seen worldwide.

He also took shots at several people during the special, such as Elon Musk, the Duchess of Sussex, Lululemon, and of course, Will Smith. The comedy was, at times, very offensive and controversial, but that is not unsurprising for Netflix, especially casting back to the infamous Dave Chappelle comedy special in 2021. Chris Rock also touched on several other topics during the special, such as music, politics, and race relations. Nothing was off limits.

As for the location of the special, it was done far away from the Oscars moment that blew up the internet and became widely memed. It was filmed on the other coast, but that did not stop the moment from appearing in Chris’ routine.

Where was Chris Rock: Selective Outrage filmed?

The Hippodrome Theatre

Chris Rock: Selective Outrage only had one filming location, the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland. Established in 1914, the Hippodrome Theatre was designed by architect Thomas Lamb and was built on the site of Eutaw House.

The theatre attracted several guests for 76 years. It was closed for a brief stint in 1990, lasting until 2004, when it was restored and reopened. As per the official website for the theatre, it has hosted comedians such as Bob Hope and Jack Benny and even iconic singers like Frank Sinatra.

Chris Rock hasn’t given any reasons why the theatre was chosen. Fans have taken it as a subtle dig at Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith’s wife, as it’s her hometown.

The special was streamed on March 4, 2023, in front of a live audience. The release date for the production was announced on Christmas Day, and it’s the first event to stream live globally. Chris Rock is no stranger to doing comedies for Netflix, as this is the second special he has done for the streaming service after the 2018 comedy Tamborine.

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