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Chris Rock and David Letterman's Kids Are Tough Crowds

Chris Rock was a guest on last night's Late Show to promote his new film Top Five, where he and Letterman discussed how much their very rich children don't think they're funny. Watch more clips from Rock's interview below:

Re-Formatting the Comedy Album

Comedy is by nature an adaptable art form. While standups are at home on stage in front of a mic telling jokes, they know how to adjust their methods for a different type of entertainment. When a comedian writes a book, or makes a movie or TV show, they are clearly working within that medium and bringing their sensibilities to bear on it. Monologues become satirical essays, random thoughts become tweets, stories and family experiences become sitcoms. Mulaney, the show, knows it still needs sets and stories and other characters despite its seemingly cut-and-paste appropriation of the title comedian’s on-stage act. When bringing your act to the big or small [...]

'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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Watch a Behind-the-Scenes Look at 'Top Five' with Chris Rock, Leslie Jones, Kevin Hart, and More

Here's a behind-the-scenes peek of Chris Rock's new film Top Five featuring Kevin Hart, Questlove, and SNL cast members Leslie Jones and Jay Pharoah, who explain why it's best to work with a friend like Rock who's "just a phone call away." The film premieres in theaters this Friday, and you can check out the trailer here.

Chris Rock Talks 'SNL,' Standup, Politics, and More with 'New York' Magazine

New York magazine recently conducted a lengthy interview with Chris Rock to promote his latest film Top Five, and it's loaded with great insight on everything from standup and SNL to political correctness, President Obama, and current events like Ferguson and Bill Cosby's demise. Here are Rock's thoughts on how cell phones and social media have driven comedians' self-censorship when developing material:

It is scary, because the thing about comedians is that you’re the only ones who practice in front of a crowd. Prince doesn’t run a demo on the radio. But in stand-up, the demo gets out. There are a few guys good enough [...]

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 Explains How He Helped Leslie Jones Get Hired at 'SNL'

Chris Rock has a powerful Hollywood Reporter essay out today that breaks down his thoughts on Hollywood's race problem, and in the middle of the essay there's some great SNL trivia for fans of newly added featured player Leslie Jones. According to the essay, Rock was lobbying to get Jones on the show long before she actually got the job:

And I have a decent batting average. I still remember people thinking I was crazy for hiring Wanda Sykes on my old HBO show. I recommended J.B. Smoove for Saturday Night Live, and I just helped Leslie Jones get on that show. She's about as funny as [...]

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.