Acclaimed comedian Chris Rock is gearing up for his most high-profile stand-up date of his career - as host of the Academy Awards.

Rock, 39, star of stand-up comedy specials BIGGER + BLACKER and NEVER SCARED, showed no mercy on many of his fellow celebrities when he hosted last year's (03) MTV Video Music Awards, mocking the likes of Jermaine Dupri and 50 CENT.

GIL CATES, producer of the OSCARS telecast, says, "I am a huge fan of Chris Rock. He always makes me laugh and he always has something interesting to say. Chris represents the best of the new generation of comics. Having him host the Oscars is terrific."

The 77th Academy Awards will take place on 27 February (05).

15/10/2004 03:08