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POOTIE TANG

CHRIS ROCK (Pootie's Father / JB / Producer) was raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesent neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.  There, he studied stand-up geniuses Richard Pryor, George Carlin and his idol, Eddie Murphy.  Eventually, he took to the stage, honing his acerbic riffs on the comedy circuit.

He made his feature film debut in "Beverly Hills Cop II" with Eddie Murphy.  In 1989, he realized a life-long dream when he joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live."  During his three year stint, he created the memorable characters Nat X of "The Nat X Show" and Onski from "I'm Chillin.'"  In 1993, he starred, co-wrote and produced the hip-hop spoof "CB4," which opened in first place at the box office. Other film credits include "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," "New Jack City," "Boomerang," "Panther," "Lethal Weapon 4" and "Dr. Dolittle."

In recent years, Rock has emerged as one of today's most sought-after comedians.  He followed his two hit comedy specials the Emmy Award winning "Chris Rock: Bring the Pain" and the Emmy nominated "Chris Rock: Bigger and Blacker" with the Emmy Award winning "The Chris Rock Show" which recently concluded it's five season run on HBO.  He released two Grammy winning comedy albums, Roll with the New and Bigger and Blacker.  In 1996, Rock logged humorous and sardonic reports for Comedy Central's "Politically Incorrect" presidential coverage.  He recently started The Illtop Journal, a humor magazine based at Washington, D.C.'s Howard University.

Rock recently appeared as a contract killer in the dark comedy "Nurse Betty," opposite Morgan Freeman, and starred in the romantic comedy "Down to Earth" which he also co-wrote and executive produced.  He will also supply the title character voice in "Osmosis Jones," an animated feature, and recently wrapped a starring role opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins in Joel Schumacher's "Black Sheep."

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