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Release Date:
1 June 1996 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The second HBO stand-up special by Chris Rock. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Switch Hitter See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Chris Rock ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nelson George ... Himself (uncredited)
Monteria Ivey ... Announcer (voice) (uncredited)

Tony Rock ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Keith Truesdell 
 
Writing credits
Chris Rock (written by)

Produced by
Tom Bull .... producer
Sandy Chanley .... executive producer
Chris Rock .... executive producer
Michael Rotenberg .... executive producer
 
Film Editing by
Brian Schnuckel 
 
Makeup Department
Richard Gordon .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Scott Butler .... production manager
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Helene Haviland .... camera operator
Sarah Obermeier Kraatz .... electrician (as Sarah Obermeier)
Jon Purdy .... camera operator
 
Other crew
William J. Branca .... consultant
Curtis DeMartini .... assistant to producer
Doug Ramsey .... technical director
Mark Taylor .... production executive
 
Thanks
Jessica Banks .... special thanks
Dave Becky .... special thanks
William J. Branca .... very special thanks
Andrew Dice Clay .... special thanks
Malaak Compton .... special thanks
Chris Farley .... special thanks
Nelson George .... special thanks
Michael Gruber .... special thanks
Reginald Hudlin .... special thanks (as Reggie Hudlin)
Monteria Ivey .... special thanks
Bradley Jenkel .... special thanks (as Brad Jenkel)
Mario Joyner .... special thanks (as Mario Joiner)
Method Man .... special thanks (as Methodman)
Lorne Michaels .... special thanks
Eddie Murphy .... special thanks
Julius Rock .... dedicated to the memory of
Rose Rock .... special thanks
Tony Rock .... special thanks
Rick Rubin .... special thanks
Adam Sandler .... special thanks
Damon Wayans .... special thanks
Shawn Wayans .... special thanks (as Sean Wayans)
 

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58 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Andrew Dice Clay helped Rock prepare for the special. He helped Rock to take particular care in his stage presence and his wardrobe. Clay receives a special thanks in the closing credits.See more »
Quotes:
Chris Rock:We need prayer in the schools? We don't need prayer in the schools, we need the tossed salad man in schools. That'll straighten the kids out! "Hey, Jimmy, you got a D you know what you gotta do?" "No! No! I don't wanna toss the salad! I don't wanna! I'm goin' read! I'm goin' learn to read!"See more »
Soundtrack:
Touch Me, Tease MeSee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Switch Hitter, 8 January 2006
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

Rock repels me when he tries to be in a "real" film. But I have to admit that he is a terrific standup guy.

I assume that's true of him as a person, but what I mean is as a comic. I dive into these things from time to time and am frequently disappointed. Oh, sometimes I laugh but its only a half a laugh until you realize what's happening.

Most standup is insult comedy, usually associated with identity comedy. I'm sure there is an immigrant, Vaudeville history there. But most black comics today do the identity thing.

Rock is sort of a genius in what he does, and since it is so finely tuned it must be conscious.

Here's what he does: he'll take the black community to task for some characteristic or behavior that is taboo to mention in the US. He'll hammer on it until it threatens to catch fire. Then in apparent seamlessness, he'll switch from being outside the group to inside and the switch itself will be funny.

For instance, he'll riff on OJ and violent blacks and how OJ's wife deserved to be killed. People will howl with nervous laughter. Then without missing a beat or change tone, he'll make fun of such an attitude. Poking fun at stupid blacks who think this way. The laughter will not start anew but continue from the old, building layer upon layer. Then he'll switch back, talking about slapping a bitch around, Then another switch about how that's not acceptable. People still laughing. Oh, he'd never, never (many nevers) hit a woman....

But he'd shake the bleep out her, and he caps it off by acting out this violence. Weeping, hurting laughter.

Its because the man knows the precise point at which the boundary can be pushed. When he gets just to that point, just barely there, he pirouettes to the other side and pushes back until the boundary is dangerously close to breaking the other way.

It's brilliant, because no one at all talks about that boundary in the US. Not seriously. So we get a couple things. We get to see a dancing concept master do his stuff. We get to confront something we avoid at all costs. We get to see risk in him and it makes us free to take some risks. Oh, we laugh.

But we love the guy too.

I've seen a few other shows. I think this is the best.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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