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Louis C.K. on Chris Rock's Film Career: "All He Really Needed to Do Was Be Who He Is Onstage"

"Louis C.K. thinks that the solution to Rock’s movie problem was obvious in retrospect. 'His honesty and thoughtfulness and intelligence—it isn't a good match for just putting a guy up there, building a big premise around him, and raking in the bucks,' he says. 'Chris was trying to figure out the formula to make a movie, but all he really needed to do was be who he is onstage.'"

- Louis C.K. reflects on Chris Rock's movie career and new film Top Five in a new profile in The New Yorker.

Aparna Nancherla to Audience Members Who Record Shows: "Don't Be a Jerk"

Comedian and current host of weekly New York standup show Whiplash Aparna Nancherla wrote an interesting blog post today about last night's show, which featured a surprise performance by Chris Rock that quickly turned sour after several audience members started recording his set on their cell phones. Similarly, Hannibal Buress has been making headlines this week over a six-month-old bit he performed in Philadelphia last week calling Bill Cosby a rapist, which would've never made the news had it not been for an audience member recording the joke then uploading it to the internet. Unlike Buress, however, Rock's appearance at Whiplash last night [...]

Chris Rock to Host 'SNL' November 1st with Musical Guest Prince

NBC just announced another former SNL cast member who is set to host an upcoming episode, and it's a big one. According to a Twitter update by SNL, Chris Rock is slated to host on November 1st with musical guest Prince. The episode will make Rock's second hosting stint following his 1996 episode with musical guest The Wallflowers, which followed his years as a cast member from 1990-1993. Rock will follow Jim Carrey, who is also confirmed to host with musical guest Iggy Azalea on October 25th.

Why Chris Rock's 1991 Debut Standup Album Is as Relevant Today as Ever

Chris Rock’s first standup album, Born Suspect, was recorded in 1991, but it seems like it could have been recorded last month. Sure, comics are always kind of mining the same big issues in the human condition and that’s why we get lots of “black people are like this, white people are like this” “women vs. men” jokes. But seriously, both in overall tone and specific cultural references, this album is like…you know…relevant and stuff.

Background: Born Suspect was recorded in Atlanta in 1991 and came out I think only on cassette, although the internet kind of makes all that irrelevant. It was recorded in a black comedy club [...]

Chris Rock Jokes About Dr. Dre, Kevin Hart, and Donald Sterling at the BET Awards

Chris Rock hosted the 2014 BET Awards last night (or as he called it, "the Black World Cup"), and he opened the ceremony with the above solid opening monologue full of jokes at the expense of Dr. Dre, Kevin Hart, Donald Sterling, civil rights movies ("If you make a civil rights movie and white people like it, it's not a good movie"), the Solange/Jay Z elevator fight, and much more.

'SNL' Review: Chris Rock Underwhelms

Wherever you stand on SNL, it's safe to say that season 40 has shown a noticeable step forward in quality from last season (regardless of lower ratings and the ever-present hate in many corners online). One of the reasons for this improvement has been the fact that all five of this season's hosts have been performers known for their work in comedy. Chris Rock, Jim Carrey, Bill Hader, Sarah Silverman, and Chris Pratt are all stars we're accustomed to laughing at, so we don't have to deal with that annoying "faculty follies" effect the show tries to employ with athlete or musician hosts.

And yet, not every comedian's humor translates to SNL, and [...]

Watch Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Jones, and More in the 'Top Five' Trailer

Here's the trailer for Chris Rock's new film Top Five, which centers on Rock as a comedian who attempts to abandon comedy for drama. The film also stars Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah with cameos from Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, and Kevin Hart. Top Five opens in select theaters December 5th and nationwide on December 12th.

The 20 Greatest Standup Specials of All Time

Modern standup has been around in one form or another since vaudeville, but it’s only been since the late ‘70s that the standup special has gained traction as the crowning achievement of a successful comic. Fortunately, the beginnings of the standup special were as fertile as rock ‘n’ roll’s birth 25 years prior, with many of the all-time greats setting templates right from the start.

The material always comes first, of course, but as a video document of a honed act it’s also important to appreciate the visual elements — the framing, editing, and backdrop — and how they enhance or detract from the pacing and quality of the jokes.

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Chris Rock Made a Movie About a Comic Who Abandons Comedy for Drama

Actor and standup Chris Rock's new film Top Five premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend to rave reviews, and according to THR, Paramount is already in exclusive talks to buy it for as much as $13 million. In an interview with Indiewire, Rock described the film as a look at a famous comedian — "kind of [an] Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Chris Tucker artist type guy" — who "has been running away from what he actually does well. It happens with a lot of comedians. It happens with everybody in art, even in sports sometimes. We take for granted the things we do [...]

Chris Rock Announces 'Black Plague' Standup Tour This Fall on 'The Tonight Show'

Chris Rock paid a visit to The Tonight Show last night, where he officially announced that he's set to embark on his first standup tour in six years called The Black Plague Tour, a name apparently suggested to him by Kanye West. Click through to see Rock's other late night NBC stop last night, in which he crashes Seth Meyers's Late Night monologue and does a lot of silly dancing.

Chris Rock and Bobby Moynihan Bond Over Prince in These 'SNL' Promos

Ahead of the premiere of his new film Top Five, Chris Rock returns to host SNL this week for the first time since 1996 with musical guest Prince, and NBC just released the first promo reel featuring Rock and Bobby Moynihan wandering outside 30 Rock at night and talking all things Prince. It all makes sense considering that Prince has an eight-minute jam session planned for Saturday night.

'The Eric Andre Show's Third Season Premieres on Adult Swim November 6th

The Eric Andre Show just got a season 3 premiere date. According to a Twitter update by Andre, the Adult Swim series is slated to premiere on Thursday, November 6th at 12:15am, and Hannibal Buress revealed earlier today that Chris Rock is among the celebrity guests slated to appear. If you still have some catching up to do, the complete first and second seasons are still available to view on Adult Swim's website. For more on the series, check out our interview with Andre from last year.

Chris Rock's New Movie 'Top Five' Will Be Released in Theaters December 12th

Chris Rock's new film Top Five has landed an official premiere date not long after screening at the Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews. THR reports that Top Five has been acquired by Paramount and is set for a limited release on December 5th followed by a nationwide release on the 12th. The film stars Rock "as a comedian trying to reinvent himself as a serious actor just as his reality-TV star fiancee talks him into broadcasting their wedding on their show." Rock recently likened the idea for the film to his own frustrations watching successful comedians transition into more dramatic roles: "It happens with everybody [...]

Chris Rock on Joan Rivers: "We Liked Johnny Carson, But We Loved Joan Rivers"

"There's a weird thing that happens in art when you meet somebody and they are 30 years older than you. But if you last in the business long enough, one day you're the same age–you're peers. The last few years, I would bump into her and talk comedy. I just loved Joan Rivers. My family, we watched The Tonight Show for Rivers. We liked Johnny Carson, but we loved Joan Rivers. I know I'm going to get shit for that. But that's how it was in Bed-Stuy."

- Chris Rock fondly remembers Joan Rivers and her brief stint as Tonight Show host for Variety.