Chris Rock - Career '80s and '90s

In 1984, Chris Rock began performing stand up comedy shows in a chain of comedy clubs in New York City, called Catch a Rising Star. During one of his comedy shows, Chris Rock was dicovered at New York's Comedy Strip by Eddie Murphy.

Chris Rock's stand up comedy talent impressed Eddie Murphy who gave the comedian that was only 18 years old, his first role, as a parking valet, in Eddie Murphy's forthcoming Beverly Hills Cop II (1987). Beverly Hills Cop II represents Chris Rock's film debut.In 1987, Chris Rock starred in the TV series Miami Vice (episode "Missing Hours") and in 1988 the comedian was cast in a film that exploited racism in a comedic manner: Keenan Ivory Wayan's I'm Gonna Get You Sucka (1988), in which Chris Rock had the role of a Rib Joint Customer.

In 1990, Chris Rock joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, the most popular sketch comedy at the time, where the comedian and other actors like Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider or Chris Farley were known as The Bad Boys of SNL.

First Comedy Album

In 1991 Chris Rock's Born Suspect comedy album was released, which is the comedian's first comedy album. Also in 1991, Chris Rock took a dramatic role in the film New Jack City, in which Chris Rock played Pookie, a drug addict.

From 1990 until 1993, while at Saturday Night Live, Chris Rock also appeared on FOX's African American sketch comedy show In Living Colors. Chris Rock appeared in Keenan Ivory Wayan comedy show In Living Colors as a guest-star and mostly because of the national exposure he won on Saturday Night Live.

In 1993, after three seasons on Saturday Night Live and after the In Living Color comedy show was canceled, Chris Rock wrote and starred the mockumentary CB4. However, Chris Rock's movie was not a success, so the comedian abandoned Hollywood in pursuit of success in stand up comedy.

First HBO Special

So, in 1994 Chris Rock's HBO comedy special Big Ass Jokes had its opening. Big Ass Jokes stand up comedy show was Chris Rock's first HBO comedy special, but the comedian's second stand up comedy show, Bring the Pain, is the comedy show that launched Chris Rock as a success in the stand up comedy industry.

From 1994 until 1998, Chris Rock was the voice in a series of commercials for Nike shoes, the comedian's voice impersonating "Lil Penny" puppet.Comedian Chris Rock biography - career in the 80s and 90s - Stand up ComedyIn 1996 was the premier of Chris Rock's HBO comedy special Bring the Pain stand up comedy show.

Chris Rock's HBO comedy special Bring the Pain brought to light the raw humour of the comedian that makes fun of all races. Chris Rock's jokes and routines about both white and African Americans were very controversial and Bring the Pain gave Chris Rock's career the biggest turning point.

In 1997 Chris Rock's HBO comedy special Bring the Pain won the comedian two Emmy awards: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special and Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program. In the same year, 1997, Chris Rock received a third Emmy nomination for his work as a commentator and writer for Comedy Central's show Politicaly Incorrect during the 1996 Presidential Elections.

Same year, in 1997, Chris Rock was invited to host the MTV Video Music Awards.Also in 1997, Chris Rock's stand up comedy success with the HBO comedy special Bring the Pain, and with the comedian's work at Saturday Night Live and his whole experience convinced HBO to sign Chris Rock for a series of sketch comedy: The Chris Rock Show.

So from 1997 to 2000, Chris Rock hosted his own television show on HBO. For The Chris Rock Show, the great comedian won two Cable ACE awards and a Emmy Award.

The Chris Rock Show

The Chris Rock Show approached the format of Saturday Night Live and In Living Color, but with a increased level of vulgarity and based on more contemporary issues, which made the show a great success. 1997 was a good year for the comedian, who released the book Rock This!.

Chris Rock's book was published by Hyperion Books.On the 8th of April 1997 Chris Rock's comedy album 'Roll With the New' was released, which in 1998 was awarded with a Grammy for Best Spoken Comedy Album. The 12th track of this album was Nigga vs.Black People one of Chris Rock's most famous and most controversial routine.

In the late 90's, Chris Rock began receiving major roles in films. Chris Rock's movies includes: Sgt. Bilko (1996), Beverly Hills Ninja (1997), and Lethal Weapon 4 (1998). In 1999, Chris Rock appeared in the big-screen comedy Dogma, also starring Ben Affleck, Matt Damonand and Salma Hayek.

Emmy Award: Chris Rock Show

In 1999, the HBO comedy show "Chris Rock Show" won Chris Rock an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program. Same year, the great comedian Chris Rock hosted again the MTV Music Awards. In 1999, the funniest man in America as the Time Magazine called him, had the opening of his third HBO Comedy Special: Bigger and Blacker.

Chris Rock's Bigger and Blacker stand up comedy show was recorded at Apollo Theater in Harlem. Chris Rock's jokes about the Columbine kids, Clinton and Monica Lewinsky and other controversial topics, made the delight of the audience. On the 13th of July 1999, Chris Rock's HBO special Bigger and Blacker was released as an album, being one of the best comedy albums ever.

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