August 21, 1998
Television Think Bill Clinton's admission will get mentioned when Chris Rock brings his talk show back to HBO tonight? You betcha. "The Chris Rock Show," 11:30 p.m., HBO. Dance Bring in 'da noise will be the order of the night at "Percussion Jam," which features choreography and performances by Avaz, Michael Mizerany, Danza Floricanto U.S.A., Kimberly Ann Cole, Fred Strickler and Naked With Shoes. Keck Theater, Occidental College, 1600 Campus Road, Eagle Rock, (213) 259-2922. 8 p.m.
September 27, 1999
Who did self-appointed parent expert and PC advocate Margaret Sagarese ("Put Between Rock and a Cruel Place," Sept. 20) think would host a live cable rap music-oriented show, the Teletubbies? Why, as an alleged expert, would she permit her child to watch it in the first place? Sagarese forgot about one aspect of Chris Rock's comments during the MTV Video Music Awards: They were just jokes! Let's not forget, these aren't helpless innocents Rock was teasing; these are professionals who chose to live--and make a fortune--in the spotlight.
September 25, 1999
Margaret Sagarese's reflections on Chris Rock at MTV include the invitation to call her "crazy" or "old-fashioned" ("Put Between Rock and a Hard Place," Counterpunch, Sept. 20). She is neither. She is just out of touch with theater. Way out. Has she forgotten Don Rickles? Joan Rivers? Does she remember Lenny Bruce? Does she have any notion of the traditions of social criticism in theater, sometimes the only places where criticism is tolerated? She can look all the way back to England and France and Germany, not to mention Greece and Rome.
March 24, 2003 |
It's hard to believe that comedian Chris Rock made his feature film debut way back in 1987 in "Beverly Hills Cop II." Whether it's playing an overzealous cop with Mel Gibson in "Lethal Weapon 4" or "Down to Earth," in which he's a struggling stand-up comedian flattened by a truck, only to return to Earth in the body of a white millionaire, Rock always seems to be looking for the vehicle that can launch him into movie stardom. He's still trying.
March 25, 2007 |
What it's a good time to talk about: "The L Word." The morose marine layer that engulfed last year's "L Word" lifted this season -- no one died tragically! The Ls bed-hopped, broke up and played basketball, as it should be in Sapphic Los Angeles. This week marks the end of Season 4, but Showtime has already announced that Season 5 is a sure thing. (Tonight) What nobody wants to talk about: Good Charlotte.
March 14, 1993 |
Chris Rock recalls dutifully heading to the theaters in the mid-'80s each time a new movie falling under the burgeoning sub-genre of "rap film" would open. Each time, his teen-aged expectations were dashed by yet another formulaic bomb. "Beat Street"? Thud . "Krush Groove"? Crash . "Rappin' " and "Breakin' " (not to forget "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo")? Kerplop . Even the action movie starring his heroes, Run-D.M.C., "Tougher Than Leather," was tough not to loathe.
November 23, 2000 |
ENTERTAINMENT The Final 'Rock': After five seasons, comedian Chris Rock is ending "The Chris Rock Show" on cable's HBO, though his relationship with the pay network will continue. The final episode of the talk show will be seen Friday, with guests rapper Ice-T and singer Nikka Costa.