CHRIS ROCK is one of his generation's strongest comedic voices. He has won three Emmy Awards as well as two Grammy Awards.
He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and began honing his skills on the comedy club circuit, then joined the cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in 1989. During his three-year stint on the program, he created such memorable characters as Nat X ("The Nat X Show") and Onski ("I'm
Chillin"'). Rock also made several guest appearances on the Fox Network's "In Living Color" during the 1993- 94 season.
More recently, for four seasons, Rock has had his own weekly HBO series, which is one of the network's highest-rated and most-talked-about programs. In 1999. the program earned him the third of his Emmy Awards. Also for the network, he has headlined three acclaimed, top-rated stand-up comedy specials: "Chris Rock: Big Ass Jokes" (which won a CableACE Award); "Bring the Pain" (which earned him his first two Emmy Awards); and "Bigger & Blacker."
Also for television, he has twice hosted the MTV Video Music Awards (in 1997 and 1999); contributed to ABC's "Politically Incorrect," as a presidential campaign correspondent; and serves as executive producer of the hit UPN sitcom "The
Rock has expanded into other mediums: print and recordings. His debut book, Rock This!, made both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal best-seller lists in 1997. He is the publisher of The Illtop Journal, a new quarterly humor magazine based at Washington, D.C.'s Howard University.
Recordings of his last two stand-up comedy specials, with additional material, have been issued on
CD. He has eamed Grammy Awards for his recordings "Roll with the New" and "Bigger &
In film, Rock wrote, produced, and starred in "CB4," directed by Tamra Davis. His other film credits include Tony Scott's "Beverly Hills Cop II," and Mario Van Peebles' "New Jack City" and "Panther."
Other credits include a starring role opposite Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in Richard Donner's ''Lethal Weapon 4,'' as well as in Kevin Smith's ensemble ''Dogma.
Rock will next be seen starring in Paul and Chris Weitz' "I Was Made to Love Her," which he co wrote; and will be heard, in voiceover, starring in Tom Sito and Piet Kroon's "Osmosis Jones."
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