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 fifth greatest stand-up comedian of all time by Comedy Central.
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Chris Rock hits cops, Trump and himself in stand-up special
Fox News - 7 days
Comedian Chris Rock pulls no punches in new stand-up special
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Chris Rock’s First Special in 10 Years Will Come Out Wednesday
NYTimes - 9 days
“Chris Rock: Tambourine,” his first stand-up special since “Kill the Messenger” in 2008, will be released on Netflix on Valentine’s Day.
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People Have Strong Reactions To Barack And Michelle Obama's Portraits
Huffington Post - 10 days
Chrissy Teigen, Common and Chris Rock even chimed in.
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15 Funny And Heartfelt Parenting Quotes From Chris Rock
Huffington Post - 15 days
Happy birthday to this famous dad!
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'White Famous,' Chris Rock and Tyler Perry weigh in on black men donning dresses for comedy
LATimes - 3 months
Tom Hanks, Robin Williams, Adam Sandler, David Duchovny, John Travolta and Dustin Hoffman took different paths to stardom. But the actors’ journeys all have one article of clothing in common. Each of them, at some point, said yes to the dress. Hanks and the others have all appeared in sketches...
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He's still Chris Rock, but the 'Total Blackout' laughs come few and far between
Chicago Times - 6 months
“That was a great show," one audience member said hopefully to another as they walked out of the Chicago Theatre on Thursday night after the first of a sold out, four-night run of legendary comedian Chris Rock’s “Total Blackout Tour.” The reply, when it came a few long seconds later, was both more...
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The funny thing about race
CNN - 6 months
From Chris Rock to Ali Wong, these famous comedians have used their comedy routine to address racism in America. "The History of Comedy" airs Sunday at 10p ET.
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Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock top Forbes' highest-paid comedians list
ABC News - 7 months
Last year's highest-paid comedian, Kevin Hart, fell to No. 6.
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How Fatherhood Completely Changed These 6 Celebrity Dads
Huffington Post - 8 months
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Dave Chappelle Donates $50,000 From Michigan Show To Flint Foundation
Huffington Post - 9 months
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Two 'Saturday Night Live' Writers Muse On The Show's Polarizing Political Comedy
Huffington Post - 9 months
Having just concluded a season that produced banner ratings, “Saturday Night Live” remains a political firebrand unlike any other institution. Forty-two years into its existence, the sketch-comedy staple has benefitted from the divisive election of Donald Trump, even after the show’s controversial choice to have him host an episode mid-campaign.  Of course, current-events fodder has always been a key part of the “SNL” brand. What’s changed is the speed at which news travels and the country’s temperament toward establishments of power. Two writers ―Tim Herlihy (1993-2000) and Bryan Tucker (2005-present) ― are scheduled to discuss the staff’s creative process during a panel at this week’s Greenwich International Film Festival. Ahead of the event, HuffPost hopped on the phone with each to reflect on their tenures at the show and what it was like to write during different presidential elections. Below are the highlights, edited for length and clarity. On approaching a comparati...
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Aziz Ansari Doesn't Read, Watch Or Talk About The News Anymore
Huffington Post - 9 months
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So Chris Rock Is Your Big Brother? Try Comedy
NYTimes - 10 months
Tony and Jordan Rock, both younger brothers of the comedian Chris Rock, are trying to set a path for themselves in comedy.
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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.
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    On October 21, 2015 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Rock would host the 88th Academy Awards.
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  • 2014
    In December 2014, Rock announced that he had filed for divorce from Compton-Rock.
  • 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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    In 2008, Rock's family history was profiled on the PBS series African American Lives 2.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 2005
    In early 2005, Rock hosted the 77th Academy Awards ceremony.
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    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Rock later had two more HBO comedy specials: Bigger & Blacker in 1999, and Never Scared in 2004.
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  • 1996
    Rock married Malaak Compton-Rock on November 23, 1996.
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    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.
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    His second special, 1996’s Bring the Pain, made Rock one of the most acclaimed and commercially successful comedians in the industry.
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  • 1994
    Rock starred in his first HBO comedy special in 1994 titled Big Ass Jokes.
  • 1992
    With plans to leave Saturday Night Live after the 1992-93 season, Rock was effectively "fired" from the show.
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  • 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.
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  • 1990
    Rock became a cast member of the popular sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live in 1990.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Rock began doing stand-up comedy in 1984 in New York City's Catch a Rising Star.
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  • OTHER
  • 1965
    Born on February 7, 1965.
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