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Chris Rock's New Movie 'Top Five' Will Be Released in Theaters December 5th

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.

Six Comics Aziz Ansari Is Joining as Madison Square Garden-Worthy

Yesterday, The Wrap confirmed earlier reports that standup Aziz Ansari is set to headline at New York's Madison Square Garden as part of his new tour Modern Romance, which also includes stops in Dallas, Houston, D.C., Philadelphia, and Las Vegas, not to mention a book slated for a September 2015 release. "There is something very insane and amazing about starting standup in New York City at the lowest rung — open-mic spots — and then many years later going to the other utmost, utmost extreme of playing Madison Square Garden," Ansari told Billboard last month. "I felt a sense of that when I did Carnegie Hall, [...]

Tracy Morgan, Jim Gaffigan, and Chris Rock Will Be 'Totally Biased's First Guests for Its Nightly Run on FXX

FX's late night talk show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell is set to move to its new sister channel FXX, where it'll be airing four nights a week instead of one, on Wednesday, September 4th, and the show is pulling out a bunch of big name guests for the first string of nightly episodes:

Wednesday, September 4th: Jim Gaffigan Thursday, September 5th: Tracy Morgan Monday, September 9th: Chris Rock

This is the first appearance on Totally Biased for Morgan and Gaffigan, and the second as a guest for Rock, who also executive produces the show.

This Week in Comedy: 'Comedy Bang Bang' Returns and 'Drunk History' Premieres

-Comedy Bang Bang returns for Season 2 on IFC tonight. In honor of this, we interviewed Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts and ranked the 11 best characters and impersonations from the podcast that inspired the show.

-Speaking of Scott Aukerman, he made a solid Fox News debut.

-Arrested Development producer Brian Grazer says they're having conversations about a fifth season with Netflix.

-The first season of Comedy Central's Drunk History premiered, as did the second season of The [...]

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.

Jerry Seinfeld Tried to Convince Chris Rock to Take Over for Letterman

"I was talking to Chris Rock the other day about taking the Letterman job. I was trying to convince him to take it. He says, 'Absolutely no possible way.' Both of us are out when you hear 'makeup everyday.' You hear that and I'm out."

-Jerry Seinfeld in an interview with Esquire on why he doesn't consider being a celebrity a burden, the new season of Comedians in Cars, and why he wanted Chris Rock to take over CBS's Late Show.

The Collected Wisdom of Chris Rock

Writer. Director. Movie star. Broadway actor. Voice actor. He appeared on both Saturday Night Live and In Living Color. He created a hit sitcom. He used to host a late-night show, for which he won an Emmy, and he's currently producing a new one. For over 25 years, he has remained one of the most critically and commercially successful standup comics, and he even hosted the Oscars. Chris Rock has conquered every comedic arena that exists, so believe us when we say: he's really good at what he does. And what he does is say funny things.

Here's a giant pile of funny and/or smart things he's said [...]

Chris Rock Is Going on Tour Early Next Year "Maybe with Dave Chappelle, Maybe Not"

Chris Rock is getting ready to go back on tour. Rock revealed the news in an excellent, in-depth interview with Aisha Tyler on her podcast Girl on Guy that dropped yesterday. Rock, who performed a couple gigs with Dave Chappelle at New York's Comedy Cellar in February, has been talking about doing a joint tour with Chappelle for a while now. On the podcast, Rock says, "The tour will happen. Maybe with Chappelle, maybe not. Who knows? We've been talking."

He says his tour is set for early 2014 and admits, "I haven't done standup in about four years." While Rock says he hasn't done standup in four years, [...]

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 Talks Dave Chappelle, Arsenio, and How Unknown Black Guys Don't Get Shows on 'Totally Biased'

FXX's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell recently transitioned to four nights a week, and here's Bell's interview with Chris Rock, who executive produces the show, last night. It's basically Chris Rock doing standup about The Butler, Arsenio, networks not giving unknown black comedians talk shows like they do for unknown white comedians, and Syria, with him talking a little about the likelihood of a Chris Rock/Dave Chappelle Watch the Throne tour at the end.

Watch Chris Rock on the Season Finale of Jerry Seinfeld's 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee'

Here's the season two finale of Jerry Seinfeld's web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, featuring Chris Rock. It's pretty great to see these two veteran standups talk to each other. It's like that HBO special from a couple years back where the two of them talk about standup with Louis C.K. and Ricky Gervais, only (unfortunately) Louis C.K. isn't there and (fortunately) Ricky Gervais isn't either.