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Nearly 20 years ago, Chris Rock's popularity skyrocketed. Today, he's still at the top of his game.
After stints on "Saturday Night Live" and "In Living Color" and no film offers in sight, Rock thought he was already washed up. The young comedian went back to the drawing board, toured the country as a stand-up, and the result was "Bring the Pain." The 1996 stand-up special transformed Rock from "that guy" to "the guy" nearly overnight -- but he still never shined on the big screen. By nearly all accounts, though, that's all changed this winter. "Top Five" finds the comedian at the top of his game (no pun intended), a critically acclaimed feature written by, directed by, and starring Rock.
From his famous mentor to his rough school days, here are 21 things you probably don't know about Chris Rock.
- Jonny Black
Including Best Comedy Actor for FX's "Louie" and four other races this year, Louis C.K. has earned 30 career Emmy nominations. He has won four trophies overall: Variety Writing ("The Chris Rock Show," 1999), Comedy Writing ("Louie," 2012) and Variety Special Writing ("Live at the Beacon Theater" in 2012 and "Oh My God" in 2013). -Break- Emmy Episode Analysis: Can four-time writing champ Louis C.K. win Comedy Guest Actor for 'SNL' gig? Synopsis: His submitted episode, "Model," begins with Louie attempting to ask out a bartender, but before he can even get the question out, she asks him not to so she won't have to say no. Another bartender implores him to stop propositioning every woman. Jerry Seinfeld enters and asks if Louie can open for him at an upcoming benefit in the Hamptons. Louie agrees, but Jerry clarifies that it needs to be clean material. On the trai »
If you want to see the every-schlub persona Louis C.K. has perfected, watch his Saturday Night Live monologue. Twice now, he's turned his opening salvo into a ten-minute stand-up set that foretells where his new hour is heading. (This time: toward children's plays, the plight of women, and mankind's complicated relationship with spirituality.) During the rest of the show, however, there's another Louis C.K. — the one from the legendary writers room of Dana Carvey's short-lived network sketch show, and also The Chris Rock Show — and that guy is a glorious weirdo.It's been an interesting time for C.K. since his first outing as host back in December 2012. Since then, he's had roles in the Oscar-nominated films Blue Jasmine and American Hustle, a new HBO special, and some much-needed off-time to produce the new season of his hit show Louie, which is set to return on May 5. Would »
- Joe Berkowitz
Louis C.K. will make his 1998 directorial debut, Tomorrow Night, available for the first time on his website next month. The movie boasts a crop of current comedy superstars – including Steve Carell, Amy Poehler, Conan O'Brien, Wanda Sykes and Jb Smoove – before they became household names.
As Hollywood reports, the film initially debuted at the Sundance Film Festival 15 years ago, but failed to pick up a distributor. Now C.K. will make Tomorrow Night available to download on his website for just $5, á la his 2011 standup special Live at the Beacon. »
X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer, whose first two features debuted at the Sundance Film Festival — including The Usual Suspects in 1995 — was one of the industry figures named to the Sundance juries that will judge this year’s films when the festival begins next week. Singer, who has X-Men: Days of Future Past due in May, will be one of five members of the U.S. Dramatic Jury. Other members of the juries include Tracy Chapman, Lone Scherfig, Leonard Maltin, and screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). A complete list of the juries, courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival, can be viewed after the jump. »
- Jeff Labrecque
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