Chris Rock: Comedian and Actor (Black Americans of by Anne M. Todd

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Hughley and Margaret Cho, two rising comedy stars. Winning the award meant a lot to Rock; he had never won anything before. Critics and fans alike loved the show. Critics pointed out how wasted Rock’s talent had been on Saturday Night Live. The HBO special highlighted what Rock could deliver: edgy, honest comedy. Though the special was successful, his performance lacked the punchy delivery and showmanship needed to set Rock apart from other comedians. In 1995, Rock appeared as Deke Anthony in the film The Immortals and as Yuck Mouth in the film Panther.

While the character of Pootie Tang may have worked in a short sketch, most critics agreed that there was not enough material to turn the idea into a movie. , and Lance Crouther) of Down to Earth. This romantic comedy was a 49 50 CHRIS ROCK Chris Rock costarred with Morgan Freeman (center) and Renée Zellweger (right) in the 2000 film Nurse Betty, directed by Neil LaBute. Freeman, a veteran performer, had a subtle way of showing Rock when he was overacting. remake of a 1941 movie, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, which, in turn, was remade in 1978 as Heaven Can Wait.

He often puts on his iPod and listens to music while contemplating what to write. Rock frequently visits the Coffee Shop, located in New York City’s Union Square. Here, he knows the employees and patrons will leave him alone. He sometimes feels bothered by the constant attention he receives—he misses the days 47 48 CHRIS ROCK when he could dine alone. Rock maintains a very small circle of friends. He sometimes hangs out with his fellow Saturday Night Live alum Adam Sandler. Like Rock, Sandler can relate to the problems that come with being famous and trying to live a relatively normal life.

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