Chris Rock
American actor
Chris Rock
Christopher Julius "Chris" Rock III is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer, and director. After working as a standup comic and appearing in small film roles, Rock came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s. He went on to more prominent film roles, and a series of acclaimed comedy specials for HBO. He was voted in the US as the 5th greatest stand-up comedian of all time by Comedy Central.
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This Incredibly Detailed Breakdown Of A Louis C.K. Joke Is Wonderful
Huffington Post - 28 days
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Celebrities React As Donald Trump Becomes President Of The United States
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Well, Inauguration Day is here ― the day Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. We’re all experiencing a lot of emotions right now, as are the celebrities who, as a whole, stayed very far away from Thursday’s festivities and Friday’s ceremony.  Here’s how Hollywood reacted to Trump’s inauguration:  what a beautiful prayer. makes me wanna grab my puss — christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 20, 2017 i was going to go to sundance to support john tomorrow but feeling compelled to support my fellow women. see you at the women's march, DC — christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 20, 2017 I made a appointment at the DMV this morning. That's where I'll be. The DMV.  #AlreadyGreat — Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) January 20, 2017 My heart goes out to Mrs Clinton and her family #InaugurationDay — Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) January 20, 2017 The last 2 in ...
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A ‘Billion Dollars’ Worth of Comedians’ for $14 and a 2-Drink Minimum
NYTimes - about 1 month
An audience at the Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village this week was treated to surprise sets by Aziz Ansari, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer and Jerry Seinfeld.
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Chris Rock, Amy Schumer and Dave Chappelle hit the stage
CNN - about 1 month
So Chris Rock, Amy Schumer and Dave Chappelle walk into a New York comedy club...
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Golden Globes Ratings Rise Despite Jimmy Fallon's Attempts At Hosting
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Jimmy Fallon's Golden Globes Monologue Got Awkward After Teleprompter Fail
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Chris Rock Announces World Standup Tour In The Most Chris Rock Way
Huffington Post - 3 months
Chris Rock, already $40 million richer for a pair of upcoming Netflix specials, is about to collect even more coin on the road. Rock announced his first stand-up tour in nearly a decade in a message posted to Facebook on Monday, and it proved way better than a traditional press release. The new tour, “Total Blackout,” will start in 2017 ― and yes, Rock knows it’s been a while.  “First time in nine years, OK?” he says in the video, recorded at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. “Haven’t done it in a while. Been a little busy, you know, writing ‘Pootie Tang 3’ and everything.” “But hey, it’s time,” he says. According to TicketMaster, the American leg kicks off in Durham, North Carolina, on Feb. 14. Other stops include Denver, Minneapolis and New Orleans. “I can’t wait to see you bitches!” Rock says. See the whole announcement below. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for per ...
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This Calendar Of Asian-American Men Is The Hottest Thing This Winter
Huffington Post - 3 months
Now here’s a gift that’ll heat up your holiday season.   Asian-American actors, writers, and celebrities struck their most ~fire~ poses for the second annual “Haikus On Hotties 2017” calendar. The sizzlin’ book, which was released on Monday, features the models along with poems “about their hotness,” Ada Tseng, the project’s creator, told The Huffington Post.  Because hey, why not?  Through the project, Tseng aims to show that Asian dudes are just as deserving of those dreamy lead roles in mainstream movies and television as anyone else.  “It’s always fun to try and shatter stereotypes, especially when you can combine hot men with poetry,” she said. “I hope our silly calendar makes people realize how silly it is that Asian men aren’t often cast as desirable romantic leads in the mainstream media ― and how easy it is to change.” While the guys in the calendar are easy on the eyes, unfortunately not everyone sees Asian men as attractive. In fact, the group experiences th ...
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Jimmy Kimmel Wil Host This Year's Academy Awards Ceremony
Huffington Post - 3 months
Jimmy Kimmel will take on hosting duties for this year’s Oscars ceremony, the comedian confirmed on Twitter.  Yes, I am hosting the Oscars. This is not a prank. And if it is, my revenge on @TheAcademy will be terrible & sweet. Thx to @alsformalwear — Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) December 5, 2016 Kimmel is set to host the 89th annual ceremony, which will air on ABC Feb. 26. The Hollywood Reporter notes Oscars producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd are expected to announce the news.  This will mark the first time hosting the Oscars for Kimmel, though he does have some solid award show experience under belt after hosting the 2012 and 2016 Emmys. He’s also hosted post-Oscars late-night specials.  As Deadline reports, Kimmel seems like somewhat of an obvious choice given his relationship with ABC, the network that airs his late-night talk show. ABC now has more say in the Oscars after renewing a deal to broadcast the ceremony until 2028, and the outlet ...
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Mannequin Challenge Shows All The Offensive S**t Asians Put Up With This Year
Huffington Post - 3 months
Between the presidential campaign’s mudslinging and the current resurgence of bigotry and white nationalism, it’s easy to forget just how awkward it was for Asian-Americans in 2016. But one group wants to remind you of a sector of racism that has gone largely overlooked ― and its lesson comes in the form of a viral mannequin challenge. The video below, titled “A-Woke,” reveals some of the strange and offensive ways in which Asian-Americans were represented in entertainment and media in 2016. “Asians are often expected to not make waves, not complain, not fight back,” Teja Arboleda, the video’s co-producer, told The Huffington Post. “This video is about peaceful demonstration against the types of issues brought up in the story.” Whether it was Fox News’ Jesse Watters trolling the streets of New York’s Chinatown asking people if they know karate, directors casting white actresses (Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton) in originally Asian roles or a senator mo ...
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Jackie Chan Finally Wins Honorary Oscar After 56 Years And 200 Films
Huffington Post - 3 months
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Rock
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    In 2015, Rock was pulled over three times in the first three months of the year.
    More Details Hide Details Each time Rock posted a selfie of the incident, so far without further comment as to the reason for the stops.
    On October 21, 2015 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Rock would host the 88th Academy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details When the subsequent acting nominations turned out to be white people at the expense of any minority, Rock was called upon to join a boycott of the ceremony. However, Rock decided to decline stating at the ceremony that it would have accomplished little since the show would have proceeded anyway with himself simply replaced. Instead, Rock decide to make his concerns about the lack of diversity in AMPAS a source of material for the show, with pointed ridicule at AMPAS throughout the ceremony and its apparent racial bias beginning with his opening monologue and subsequent recorded sketches until he closed with the ceremony with "Black Lives Matter." Rock's first music video was for his song "Your Mother's Got a Big Head" from his album Born Suspect. Rock also made videos for his songs "Champagne" from Roll With the New and "No Sex (In the Champagne Room)" from Bigger & Blacker. Chris Rock also directed and appeared in the music video for the Red Hot Chili Peppers song "Hump de Bump".
  • 2014
    In December 2014, Rock announced that he had filed for divorce from Compton-Rock.
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  • 2013
    Rock is a vocal critic of racial profiling and often speaks of the "everyday racism" he feels he experiences, despite being famous. In a 2013 episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld, Rock and Seinfeld are pulled over by the police for speeding.
    More Details Hide Details In the episode Rock admits to Seinfeld that "If you weren't here, I'd be scared. Yeah, I'm famous – still black."
  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    In 2008, Rock's family history was profiled on the PBS series African American Lives 2.
    More Details Hide Details A DNA test showed that he is descended from the Udeme people (Ouldémé) of northern Cameroon. Rock's great-great-grandfather, Julius Caesar Tingman, was a slave for 21 years before serving as part of the United States Colored Troops until 1866; Tingman fought in the American Civil War. During the 1940s, Rock's paternal grandfather moved from South Carolina to New York City to become a taxicab driver and preacher.
    Rock's fifth HBO special, Kill the Messenger, premiered on September 27, 2008, and won him another Emmy for outstanding writing for a variety or music program.
    More Details Hide Details It was not until the success of his stand-up act in the late 1990s that Rock began receiving major parts in films. Though he started off with supporting roles in films such as Dogma, Beverly Hills Ninja, Lethal Weapon 4, and Nurse Betty, he went on to star in films like The Longest Yard, Bad Company, and Down to Earth. Some of his 2010s film appearances include Death at a Funeral, Grown Ups, and 2 Days in New York. Rock has also increasingly worked behind the camera, both as a writer and director of Head of State and I Think I Love My Wife (both in which he played the lead role). Additionally, he has done voice work for the popular Madagascar animated film franchise. Following the release of his first documentary, 2009's Good Hair, Rock is working on a documentary about debt called Credit Is the Devil.
  • 2007
    At the London Live Earth concert on July 7, 2007, which was broadcast live on the BBC, before introducing the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rock called the crowd "motherfuckers" and "shit" after a brief sigh when he said he was joking.
    More Details Hide Details Due to the broadcast being at 5:45 pm Rock was immediately cut off, and the BBC made several apologies for his use of the word "motherfucker." Chris Rock has been an avid fan of the New York Mets baseball team since childhood. He famously complained that his team "had no money" in a comedic rant during a 2011 interview with David Letterman.
    He was voted the fifth-greatest stand-up comedian in a poll conducted by Comedy Central. He was also voted in the United Kingdom as the ninth-greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups in 2007, and again in the updated 2010 list as the eighth-greatest stand-up comic.
    More Details Hide Details Rock was born in Andrews, South Carolina. Shortly after his birth, his parents moved to Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York. A few years later, they relocated and settled in the working-class area of Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. His mother, Rosalie (née Tingman), was a teacher and social worker for the mentally handicapped; his father, Christopher Julius Rock II, was a truck driver and newspaper deliveryman. Julius died in 1988 after ulcer surgery. Chris's younger brothers, Tony, Kenny, and Jordan, are also in the entertainment business. His older half-brother, Charles, died in 2006 after a long struggle with alcoholism. Rock has said that he was influenced by the performing style of his paternal grandfather, Allen Rock, a preacher. Rock was bused to schools in predominately white neighborhoods of Brooklyn, where he endured bullying and beatings from white students. As he got older, the bullying became worse and Rock’s parents pulled him out of James Madison High School. He decided to drop out of high school altogether, but he later earned a GED. Rock then worked menial jobs at various fast-food restaurants.
  • 2005
    In early 2005, Rock hosted the 77th Academy Awards ceremony.
    More Details Hide Details The decision to have Rock host the awards was seen by some as a chance to bring an "edge" to the ceremony, and to make it more relevant or appealing to younger audiences. Jokingly, Rock opened by saying "Welcome to the 77th and LAST Academy Awards!" During one segment Rock asked, "Who is this guy?" in reference to actor Jude Law seemingly appearing in every movie Rock had seen that year and implied Law was a low-rent Tom Cruise (he made a joke about filmmakers rushing production when unable to get the actors they want: "If you want Tom Cruise and all you can get is Jude Law, wait make the film!"). Subsequently, a defensive Sean Penn took the stage to present and said, "In answer to our host's question, Jude Law is one of our finest young actors." (At the time, Penn and Law were shooting All the King's Men.) Law was not the only actor that Rock poked fun at that evening, however—he turned the joke on himself at one point, saying, "If you want Denzel Washington and all you can get is me, wait!" Older Oscar officials were reportedly displeased with Rock's performance, which did not elevate ratings for the ceremony. Rock was also criticized for referring to the Oscars as "idiotic", and asserting that heterosexual men do not watch them, in an interview prior to Oscar night.
    In the fall of 2005, the UPN television network premiered a comedy series called Everybody Hates Chris, loosely based on Rock's school days, of which he is the executive producer and narrator.
    More Details Hide Details The show has garnered both critical and ratings success. The series was nominated for a 2006 Golden Globe for Best TV Series (Musical or Comedy), a 2006 People's Choice Award for Favorite New Television Comedy, and two 2006 Emmy Awards for costuming and cinematography. He produced the series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, which premiered in August 2012.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Rock later had two more HBO comedy specials: Bigger & Blacker in 1999, and Never Scared in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Articles relating to both specials called Rock “the funniest man in America” in Time and Entertainment Weekly. HBO also aired his talk show, The Chris Rock Show, which gained critical acclaim for Rock's interviews with celebrities and politicians. The show won an Emmy for writing. His television work has won him a total of three Emmy Awards and 15 nominations. By the end of the decade, Rock was established as one of the preeminent stand-up comedians and comic minds of his generation. During this time, Rock also translated his comedy into print form in the book Rock This! and released the Grammy Award-winning comedy albums, Roll with the New, Bigger & Blacker and Never Scared.
  • 1996
    Rock married Malaak Compton-Rock on November 23, 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Compton-Rock is the founder and executive director of StyleWorks, a non-profit, full-service salon that provides free services for women leaving welfare and entering the workforce. The couple lived in Alpine, New Jersey with their two daughters, Lola Simone (born 2002) and Zahra Savannah (born 2004).
    Adding to his popularity was his much-publicized role as a commentator for Comedy Central's Politically Incorrect during the 1996 Presidential elections, for which he earned another Emmy nomination.
    More Details Hide Details Rock also was the voice for the "Lil Penny" puppet who was the alter ego to basketball star Penny Hardaway in a series of Nike shoe commercials from 1994–1998, and hosted the '97 MTV Video Music Awards.
    His second special, 1996’s Bring the Pain, made Rock one of the most acclaimed and commercially successful comedians in the industry.
    More Details Hide Details Rock won two Emmy Awards for the special and gained large critical acclaim. The most well-known and controversial piece of the special was "Niggas vs. Black People".
  • 1994
    Rock starred in his first HBO comedy special in 1994 titled Big Ass Jokes.
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  • 1992
    With plans to leave Saturday Night Live after the 1992-93 season, Rock was effectively "fired" from the show.
    More Details Hide Details Beginning that fall, he appeared in six episodes of the predominantly African-American sketch show In Living Color as a special guest star. The show was canceled a month after he arrived. Rock then wrote and starred in the low-budget comedy CB4, which made $18 million against its budget of $6 million.
  • 1991
    In 1991, he released his first comedy album, Born Suspect and won acclaim for his role as a crack addict in the film New Jack City.
    More Details Hide Details His tenure on SNL gave Rock national exposure.
  • 1990
    Rock became a cast member of the popular sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details He and other new cast members Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and David Spade became known as the Bad Boys of SNL.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Rock began doing stand-up comedy in 1984 in New York City's Catch a Rising Star.
    More Details Hide Details He slowly rose up the ranks of the comedy circuit in addition to earning bit roles in the film I’m Gonna Git You Sucka and the TV series Miami Vice. Upon seeing his act at a nightclub, Eddie Murphy befriended and mentored the aspiring comic. Murphy gave Rock his first film role in Beverly Hills Cop II.
  • OTHER
  • 1965
    Born on February 7, 1965.
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