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One of our generation's strongest comedic voices, CHRIS ROCK (Osmosis) most recently co-wrote and starred in the romantic comedy "Down To Earth." He currently serves as executive producer on the hit UPN sitcom 'The Hughleys" and also recently developed The Illtop Journal, a humor magazine based at Howard University and modeled after the Harvard Lampoon, to encourage young black writers.

His HBO special and CD. both titled "Bigger & Blacker," were released last July and earned Rock a Grammy Award for Best Spoken or Comedy Album as well as multiple Emmy nominations.

Rock's emergence can be traced to his tour-de-force HBO special, 'Bring the Pain," which followed his 1994 CableAce Award-winning HBO special "Chris Rock: Big Ass Jokes." The special earned two 1997 Emmy Awards for Best Writing and Outstanding Special. Rock also received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing that year for his contribution to "Politically Incorrect." Additionally'. "Bring the Pain" in CD form earned him a Grammy Award.

"The Chris Rock Show," created in the wake of the success of his award-winning specials, is now in its fourth season on HBO. The show was honored with two 1999 Emmy nominations for writing and host and received an Emmy for Best Writing.

Rock's book, Rock This!, published in 1997, spent time on both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller lists.

Raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Rock honed his comedic skills on the club circuit before joining the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in 1989. During his 3-year tenure with SNL he created several memorable characters. He also made several guest appearances on the 1993-94 season of Fox's "In Living Color."

Rock's feature film debut was in "Beverly Hills Cop II." He went on to create. write, produce and star in the rap comedy "CB4," which opened at #1. His additional film credits include "Boomerang," "Panther," "New Jack City," "Lethal Weapon 4," "Dr. Doolittle," and "Dogma." He will next be seen in MTV Studios' "Pootietang," on which he also serves as producer and the Walt Disney Company's "Black Sheep," starring opposite Anthony Hopkins.

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