When it comes to standup comedy, few demand as much respect as the incredible Chris Rock. Voted the fifth greatest standup comedian of all time by Comedy Central, Rock is admired by his peers and fans alike.
Rock got his break into the comedy business when he was performing in New York in 1984. Performing at New York's Comedy Strip, Chris Rock impressed his audience with his comedy, in particular Eddie Murphy, who at the time was at the top of the comedy world. Murphy gave Chris Rock a small part in Beverly Hills Cop II in 1987, and since then Rock has propelled himself into superstardom. Fans love his movies and television appearances and line up to buy tickets to see his standup comedy specials.
From 1990-1993, Rock was a cast member on the iconic late night television show Saturday Night Live. Playing memorable characters like Nat X and Buster Jenkins, Chris Rock left his indelible mark on the show. His time on SNL was captured when the show released Best of Chris Rock in 1999. After leaving the program, he began his career in film. Starring in such films as Pootie Tang, Down to Earth and Dogma, Chris Rock has become a headliner in the movie industry. His credits include acting, producing, writing and directing.
Chris Rock started as a standup comedian, and he has never forgotten about where he started. In 1996, he starred in his own comedy special for HBO called Bring the Pain. The show nabbed him some hardware, as he won two Emmy Awards for the production. Chris Rock went on to star in two other HBO specials, Bigger and Blacker in 1999 and Never Scared in 2004. He continues to tour and entertain audiences around the world with his unique brand of comedy. Rock also produces and narrates the show Everybody Hates Chris, which is based on his life growing up in New York.