Will Smith to host 'his first-ever' Netflix variety comedy special
Will Smith has joined hands with Netflix to host and star in an hour-long variety comedy special on the platform, announced the streamer. The show, Smith's first on Netflix, will be dropping globally later this year. The Men in Black star is also executive producing, while Smith's own Westbrook Studios will be producing it. He also has a YouTube original series in the making.
To include celebrity guests, musical performances, and more
The official synopsis of the special says it is going to "include celebrity guests, noteworthy conversation, comedic sketches, musical performances, and more." According to a report by Variety, Terence Carter, Miguel Melendez, Sahara Bushue, and David Boorstein of Westbrook Studios will also executive produce along with The Pursuit of Happyness star. More information about the upcoming project is awaited.
Here's the official announcement by Netflix
Will Smith will host and star in a variety comedy special (his first-ever!) for Netflix.— Netflix (@netflix) June 16, 2021
Launching later this year, the hour-long special will include celebrity guests, noteworthy conversation, comedic sketches, musical performances, and more. pic.twitter.com/n0zGB58OEE
Smith is also busy with a fitness series for YouTube
Apart from Netflix, Smith also has a YouTube Original series to work on. Announced last month, the Bad Boys actor will be starring in a six-part fitness series, Best Shape of My Life. Touted to release in 2022, it will feature Smith as he sweats profusely to get into his best shape. He'll seek help and advice from athletes, scientists, experts, and YouTube creators.
Smith has been real about his pandemic weight gain
According to a release, the unscripted YouTube docu-series will be following Smith's journey as he challenges himself "to improve every aspect of his fitness, from agility to power to recovery and more." The I, Robot star has been "real" about putting on extra weight during the pandemic. In May, he had posted a shirtless picture, sharing, "I'm in the worst shape of my life."
His recent 'back to gym after quarantine' video went viral
He did not stop here. His Instagram account became a testament to his inspiring, yet hilarious fitness endeavor. The 52-year-old actor has been sharing pictures and clips of him exercising, breaking the illusion that celebrities are always super tenacious and fit. One of his most recent Instagram posts even expertly (farcically) captured him "trying to remember how to use a gym after quarantine."