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Lauded by awards and critics alike, CHRIS ROCK (Marty) is one of our generation's strongest comedic voices. Rock kicked off his first stand-up tour in over three years – "No Apologies” –with a New Year's Eve date at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Featuring all new material, Rock then headed to the United Kingdom, where he performed for his first time ever overseas. He immediately sold out his original set of 2008 UK tour dates, and to satiate the fervent demand, an additional week-long overseas leg was added. Rock's tour returned to the United States in early February, where it lasted through May, with additional international dates following in Australia, South Africa and Europe, before returning to the US throughout the summer. On May 23, Rock broke the Guinness World Record for the largest audience ever at a comedy show in the UK, by selling out the O2 Arena on two consecutive nights with an audience of 15,900 each night.

Coinciding with the tour, Rock also released his first "best-of” album, "Cheese and Crackers: The Greatest Bits,” through Geffen Records. Featuring 19 tracks of Rock's most notorious moments, "Cheese and Crackers” showcases the Brooklyn-raised comic's insight on everything from race relations and politics to sex and the infamous "N-word.”

Rock was honored with HBO's esteemed "Comedian Award” at the 2006 Las Vegas Comedy Festival. The Brooklyn-raised comedian has garnered three Emmy Awards and three Grammy Awards and has seen his former eponymous talk show become one of HBO's highest-rated and most talked-about programs.

Currently serving as both co-creator and narrator of the acclaimed hit television series "Everybody Hates Chris,” now on the CW network, Rock has also appeared as a guidance counselor in the Rock-inspired sitcom about a black kid in a mostly white school in 1980s Brooklyn, which debuted on UPN in 2005. Since then, it has been named one of Entertainment Weekly's "Top New Series,” making it the most-watched comedy in UPN's history. In 2006 the show earned both a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series Musical or Comedy and a Writers Guild Award nomination for Best New Series.

Rock was most recently heard voicing Mooseblood the mosquito in Jerry Seinfeld's animated "Bee Movie,” which also starred Renée Zellweger and Matthew Broderick. In March of 2007, Rock starred in "I Think I Love My Wife,” a film which he also wrote and directed. Rock made his directorial debut with "Head of State,” which opened Number One at the box office. He starred as an unlikely Washington, D.C. alderman chosen to be a presidential nominee, while Bernie Mac portrayed his older brother who becomes his running mate. He also starred in both "The Longest Yard” with Adam Sandler, a remake of the 1974 classic, as well as in the box office animated hit "Madagascar,” featuring the voices of Ben Stiller, Sacha Baron Cohen, Andy Richter, Jada Pinkett Smith and David Schwimmer.

Rock's feature film debut was in "Beverly Hills Cop II” with Eddie Murphy. He went on to write, create, star in and produce the rap comedy "CB4” in 1993, a satire of the world of hardcore rap, which opened Number One at the box office. Other film credits include "Boomerang” with Eddie Murphy; "Panther,” a drama spotlighting the lives of the 60s activist group The Black Panthers, directed by Mario Van Peebles; "New Jack City” with Wesley Snipes (a film marking Rock's dramatic debut as a desperate crack addict); and "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka!” with Keenen Ivory Wayans. The summer of 1998 saw Rock co-star in two $100-million-plus grossing films: "Lethal Weapon IV” and "Dr. Dolittle.” Rock starred in Kevin Smith's "Dogma,” which also featured Ben Affleck, Salma Hayek and Matt Damon. He also starred in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced "Bad Company,” opposite Anthony Hopkins; t

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