In Conversation With Chris Rock

Recently Chris Rock sat down with David Rich for New York magazine, the duo talked about everything from his new movie ”Top Five”, to politics, gay rights, comedy, social media, Robin Williams and Ferguson to mention a few. Excerpts from the interview can be seen below.

On income inequality or distribution of wealth he said in his own comedic way ”Oh, If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets. If the average person could see theVirgin Airlines first-class lounge1, they’d go, “What? What? This is food, and it’s free, and they … what? Massage? Are you kidding me?”

 

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When asked about comedians and suicide he said and i quote ”Comedians kill themselves, talk to 100 comedians this week, everybody knows somebody who killed themselves. Being a comedian, 80 percent of the job is just you notice shit. You notice things people don’t notice. You try to give yourself other things to focus on. I always say, my children saved me from my miserable self.”

On racism he wants white people to ”Own their actions. Not even their actions. The actions of their dad. Yeah, it’s unfair that you can get judged by something you didn’t do, but it’s also unfair that you can inherit money that you didn’t work for.”

 

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On how he started he said ”When I started doing comedy at 16 I spent a lot of tme at Catch a Rising Star,I used to get there at 7:45 and leave about two in the morning. That’s six hours a night watching comedians for a good six years straight. Just watching, watching, watching. What I learned more than what I wanted to be was what I didn’t want to be and what I didn’t want to say.” 

When conversation touched on Ferguson Chris Rock said that he would love to do a cover report on race  ”but I’d have no black people.” This article appears in the December 1, 2014 issue of New York Magazine.

picture credit: New York Magazine

 

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