A slapstick comedian, humorist director, satirist producer and screen writer and versatile actor, Chris Rock truly enjoys a unique reputation. He has made a mark in showbiz for his bizarre, mysterious and out of the ordinary work. He is the man who has made a glorious history in almost all the genres of entertainment. Comedy Central voted Chris Rock as the fifth greatest stand-up comedian of all time.
Comedian, actor was born on February 7, 1966 in Andrews, South Carolina. Rock is the eldest son of Julius Rock, a truck driver, and Rose Rock, a teacher. When Rock was a toddler his family shuffled to Brooklyn, New York. He spent the remainder of his childhood in Brooklyn's notoriously tough Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Chris Rock has been married to Malaak Compton-Rock since November 1996.
He started on in late 1980s in New York nightclubs. He nationally got fame through Saturday Night Live television comedy shows. Recurrent touring and HBO specials made Rock eminent for his commentary on social and political concerns, especially racism (Rock, an African-American, has been baptize an 'equal opportunity offender').
Rock is determined to remain one of this generation's strongest comedic voices. Rock's prominence in front of the cameras has opened doors for him behind the scenes as well. He serves as co-executive producer of the hit ABC sitcom 'The Hughleys.'
New York Daily News columnist Stanley Crouch said of 'Bring the Pain' 'Rock pointedly radicalize those black people who take arrogance in being impolite, in keeping it real'. Rock also affirmed that there is 'a civil war going on out here' between civilized black people and the black street crust who intimidate their communities. Rock has no patience with the chaotic predators that we have seen celebrated in gangsta rap minstrelsy.
'Rock has been a rough diamond of luminosity and lucidity'. The magazine called 'Bring the Pain' 'a hilarious bout of verbal shadowboxing that showed he could take an audience into vicinity they were terrified to go'. Despite of his constant diversification, however, Rock has not desolate his television roots. July 10 marks the premiere of 'Bigger and Blacker', a new one-hour stand-up special that was taped for HBO at Harlem's fabled Apollo Theatre.
HBO's 'The Chris Rock Show', meanwhile, will enjoy a fourth season. It was pleased with a 1998 Emmy nomination for writing. As such, he logged humorous and sometimes sardonic reports about the primaries, the conventions and election night. His work on the show was recognized with an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program.
Rock once said in a Larry King Live interview that he give the impression to get the 'black guy lead roles' that guys like Will Smith turn down, but he is certainly coming into his own with a starring character conflicting Gene Hackman and Garcelle Beauvais in the 2002 action/comedy, Bad Company. Speaking of films, Rock's film career has taken an upwards turn since 1999, with a larger role in the star-studded Dogma.
Chris Rock was named as the 'funniest man in America' and one of America's best entertainers ever.
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