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Posted Saturday 8/04/18 at 2:51AM EDT
How Fargo landed Chris Rock
Soon after Noah Hawley figured out his idea for Season 4, he "took it upon himself to seek out Chris and take him to lunch and talk to him about it,” says FX CEO John Landgraf. “After that lunch, everything came together really fast.” Landgraf adds: "That was like 10 day ago, then, boom, the deal was done. And that’s kind of the way it goes with Noah. He’s become so revered in a way, sort of like Ryan (Murphy), that people just really trust him that when he’s going to do something it’s going to be extraordinary." ALSO: Season 4 contains a plot very reminiscent of comic Mister Miracle.
Posted Friday 8/03/18 at 2:39PM EDT
Chris Rock to star in Fargo's 1950s-set Season 4
The comedian will play a crime boss on the Noah Hawley FX series set in 1950s Kansas City, Missouri. "I'm a fan of Fargo and I can't wait to work with Noah," said Rock in a statement. Rock previously worked with FX as executive producer of Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. According to the show's logline, "in Kansas City, Missouri, two criminal syndicates have struck an uneasy peace. One Italian, one African American. Together they control an alternate economy — that of exploitation, graft and drugs. This too is the history of America. To cement their peace, the heads of both families have traded their eldest sons. Chris Rock plays the head of one family, a man who — in order to prosper — has surrendered his oldest boy to his enemy, and who must in turn raise his son’s enemy as his own. It’s an uneasy peace, but profitable. And then the head of the Kansas City mafia goes into the hospital for routine surgery and dies. And everything changes."
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 9:42PM EDT
Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell was a show five years ahead of its time
Source: The New York Times
Bell, now host of CNN's United Shades of America, had a Chris Rock-produced FX (and, later, FXX) late-night talk show that ran for two seasons, from 2012 to 2013. Yet its legacy lies in the rising stars it showcased, including comedians Guy Branum (now host of Talk Show the Game Show), Hari Kondabolu (of The Problem with Apu fame) and Aparna Nancherla (who is "everywhere right now") -- not to mention Bell himself. As Jason Zinoman notes, Totally Biased's "legacy has only grown thanks to the success of its on-air talent, particularly its crew of progressive, diverse stand-up correspondents, many of whom got their first major national exposure on the show." Bell's show, Zinoman adds, was unlike other shows at the time: "Less wonky, more polemical and eager to engage in debate. Unlike many hosts, he was not afraid to cede center stage, putting the spotlight on an exchange about rape jokes between Lindy West and Jim Norton, for instance." ALSO: W. Kamau Bell discusses his new Netflix special, Private School Negro.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 2:05PM EDT
Chris Rock wants the Obamas to "make your money," but not on Netflix
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"I don't want to live in a world where President Obama is worried about his Rotten Tomatoes score," Rock tells The Hollywood Reporter when asked about his reaction to Barack and Michelle Obama's deal to produce shows for the streaming service. Rock, who has his own $40 million deal with Netflix, adds: "I want him above that at all times. Make your money, but I don't want (him) to be involved with that." When asked if he had any advice for the Obamas, Rock said he'd send them to Donald Glover.
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 1:23PM EDT
Chris Rock and Adam Sandler joined Kevin James on Kevin Can Wait's Season 2 finale
James' Grown Ups co-stars played his old bandmates on Monday's episode.
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Aziz Ansari made a rare public appearance last night, at a Knicks game with Chris Rock
Source: Us Weekly
Three months after his sexual harassment scandal, the Master of None star was spotted at New York Knicks game with Rock, whom he later had dinner with, according to Rock's Instagram Stories.
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Ranking Netflix's 45 best stand-up comedy specials
Source: The Daily Dot
Chris Rock's Tamborine ranks No. 5, Sarah Silverman's A Speck of Dust is No. 1.
Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
Chris Rock's publicist explains why his Netflix special is called "Tamborine," and not "Tambourine"
Rock's first standup special in a decade was named after the Prince song, "Tamborine," which The Washington City Paper as “roughly two minutes of threadbare metaphor for masturbation."
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
How a comedian half Chris Rock's age ended up directing his Netflix Tamborine special
Former MTV star Bo Burnham, 27, was tapped to direct the 53-year-old Rock's first standup special in 10 years thanks to the work he did on Jerrod Carmichael's HBO special that aired last year. "Chris had seen Jerrod Carmichael’s special 8 that I directed last year and he just really flipped for it. He asked Jerrod who directed it and it was me, so then I met with him," says Burnham. "I went to see one of his live shows and just briefly talked to him about the possibilities of what this special could be like and look like. We seemed to vibe pretty quickly."
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:30AM EST
Chris Rock's Tamborine comedy special reveals a comic transformed
Source: The New York Times
"This special, his first in a decade, is more searching and confessional than his previous work, digging into the end of his marriage after 16 years," Jason Zinoman says of Rock's Netflix Valentine's Day special. "He has honed this material, beefing up jokes and cutting out fat, and his comedy has become tighter, funnier if also slicker, shifting from a story of a comic struggling with demons to one describing how he once was lost and now he’s found."
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 1:51PM EST
Chris Rock announces his first standup special in 10 years is dropping tomorrow on Netflix
The new special, titled Tamborine, is one of two standup specials Rock is set to deliver as part of a $40 million deal with Netflix.
Posted Sunday 11/19/17 at 8:34PM EST
There was no mention of Louis CK at Jon Stewart’s Night of Too Many Stars
The HBO autism charity fundraiser featured CK pals such as Chris Rock, but his sexual misconduct went unmentioned.
Posted Wednesday 10/25/17 at 7:48PM EDT
The David Cross-Charlyne racist joke controversy shows how Asian jokes are often considered an afterthought
Tina Fey, Chris Rock and Stephen Colbert have also all been embroiled in Asian joke controversies in recent years. “Why are our smartest and most progressive comedians writing about Asian-Americans as if we are people they have never seen, met, or talked to?” asks Elysha Chang. She adds: "That some of our finest and most progressive comedians have pandered (intentionally or not) to White America’s worst impulses is disappointing but unsurprising. White America enjoys these jokes for the very reason that they are bad. That they lack insight and meaning. That they rest on lazy and incurious observations.”
Posted Monday 9/18/17 at 1:40PM EDT
Netflix unveils its “Netflix is a Joke” TV commercials, starring a who's who of comedians
Source: Ad Week
Watch everybody from Chris Rock to Ellen DeGeneres to Dave Chappelle in the streamer's new ad campaign, teased on billboards last week and unveiled during last night's Emmys.
Posted Thursday 8/24/17 at 6:15PM EDT
Amy Schumer confirms she sought a pay raise from Netflix, but not on par with Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle
“I believe women deserve equal pay,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “However I don’t believe I deserve equal pay to Chris and Dave. They are legends and [two] of the greatest comics of all time.”