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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
"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
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.”
Posted Tuesday 8/22/17 at 9:14PM EDT
TV salaries revealed: Robert De Niro will make $774,000 per episode
De Niro leads all drama actors, at least per episode, for his upcoming Amazon series, which has yet to have a title. On the comedy side, The Big Bang Theory stars are on top, earning $900,000 per episode. On the low end, Donald Glover makes $75,000 per episode for Atlanta and Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley each make $40,000 per episode of This Is Us.
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Posted Thursday 8/17/17 at 10:16PM EDT
A&E’s Cultureshock docuseries will look back on pop-culture’s watershed moments, from Jerry Springer to Chris Rock
Entertainment Weekly and Morgan Spurlock are teaming up on the eight-episode series. Each hour will be directed by somebody notable. For instance, W. Kamau Bell will look back at how Chris Rock changed the face of comedy with 1996’s Bring the Pain. (Rock produced Bell’s FXX talk show.)