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Chris Rock: Bring the Pain (1996)

The second HBO stand-up special by Chris Rock.

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Keith Truesdell

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Chris Rock
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Chris Rock ... Himself
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After two years of performing and refining his material in night clubs, Chris Rock launches his national tour. Written by Julien M.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1996 (USA) See more »

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Крис Рок: Дерзайте 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: Now, we've got a lot of things. A lot of racism going on in the world right now. Who's more racist? Black people or white people? Black people. You know why? 'Cuz we hate black people too! Everything white people don't like about black people, black people really don't like about black people. There's some shit going on with black people. It's like the civil war going on with black people, and there's two sides. There's black people and niggas. The niggas have got to go! Everytime black people ...
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Special Thanks - Little Penny See more »

Alternate Versions

In April 8th, 1997, audio from Bring the Pain was remade into Chris Rock's album: Roll With The New, featuring original skits including Dave Chappelle reprising his role from the Nutty Professor in two skits. See more »

Connections

Followed by Chris Rock: Never Scared (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Touch Me, Tease Me
Composed by Mary J. Blige, Kenny "K-Smoove" Kornegay, Foxy Brown, Schooly-D,
Case, Daryl Young
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Chris Rock's coming out party
25 March 2014 | by MassDistractionSee all my reviews

The much-anticipated feature-length debut special from Saturday Night Live alum Chris Rock. Rock would only spend 3 years at SNL before heading off on his own, eventually reinventing himself as a prominent name in stand-up. He had released an album, Born Suspect, while still a cast member of SNL, and enjoyed some success with his HBO debut, the half-hour special Big Ass Jokes, but his success was limited. However, there was a buzz coming into this night, with a captive crowd just waiting for Rock to deliver big. It's an expectation seemingly shared by Rock, himself. Right off the bat, album covers from stand-up greats (Bill Cosby, Dick Gregory, Flip Wilson (as Geraldine), Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Pigmeat Markham, Woody Allen and Eddie Murphy) are overlayed on footage of Rock making his way to the stage. Easing in with some material directed to his audience in Washington, Rock takes some jabs at Marion Barry (Note for the kids out there: He's kind of like the black Rob Ford) participating in the Million Man March festivities, which then leads him into a nice little run on crack that easily reels in the audience. From there, he explores politics, prisons, and the OJ Simpson trial before going into his views on the divide in the black community, highlighting the polarizing ways some in the community carry themselves, and unafraid to turn that spotlight inward with some keen criticisms. Once he's done covering these themes, Rock settles in and spends the last 15-20 minutes of his time exploring relationships between men and women, his charisma actually winning women over while he's pointing out their flaws. This isn't surprising as there aren't many who aren't won over by his million-dollar smile. This set turned Rock into a superstar, and it's easy to see why. Years later, it still seems vibrant and vital. Many would go on to emulate his style, but few ever made it work like he did.


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