Fact: Kevin Hart turned a potentially embarrassing moment into a hilarious encounter when a fan mistook him for fellow comedian Chris Rock. The Ride Along star posted a video on Instagram in which the young woman calls him Chris Rock and Kevin replies, "Yes I am, yes I am. Make sure you come to my show tonight. It’s called Rock the World." He added the caption, "These are the moments that keep me Humble."
Fact: The live broadcast of the 88th Oscars hit an all-time ratings low on Sunday (28Feb16), when 34.5 million viewers tuned in to watch comedian Chris Rock host Hollywood's big night. The figure is down six per cent from last year's (15) telecast, which was presented by Neil Patrick Harris. The 2016 Academy Awards were overshadowed by the lack of diversity among its top nominees, which sparked the #OscarsSoWhite campaign on social media and inspired stars like Will Smith and his wife Jada and director Spike Lee to boycott the ceremony.
Fact: Chris Rock used his platform as host of Sunday's (28Feb16) Academy Awards to help his 12-year-old daughter Zahra beat a pal by pleading with celebrities in the audience to purchase boxes of Girl Scout cookies from the tween. Tina Fey, Charlize Theron and John Legend were among the stars who handed over cash for the tasty treats. The crowd of celebrities raised an impressive total of $65,243 (£40,777) for the organisation.
Quote: "Let's not get it twisted, I'm only here because Ellen said no." Oscars host Chris Rock insists he was the second choice to front Sunday's (28Feb16) Academy Awards after 2014 host Ellen DeGeneres.
Quote: "Watch the Oscars. The only show on ABC Shonda Rhimes doesn't own... Yet." Comedian Chris Rock jokes in the new promo for the Academy Awards, which he is due to host later this month (Feb16). Rock was taking aim at producer/writer Shonda Rhimes, who has three hugely successful shows on the ABC network in the U.S. - Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder.
Quote: "I'd be driving a truck (if I wasn't famous), because everyone in my family drives trucks. I'd be the funniest UPS driver you'd ever seen. You'd be delivering packages to yourself, just to get me to come to your house! 'Come on, can you please send this over, this guy's hysterical'... I'd be happy. That's the thing. People always think, 'If I wasn't famous, I'd be miserable or I'd be in jail or whatever.' But I'd be at UPS, happy." Comedian Chris Rock would love an alternative career as a delivery driver.
Quote: "Much like New Year's Eve, it'll be a night which ends with a lot of drunk, disappointed people swearing they'll do better next year." Comedian Chris Rock, who is set to host this year's Academy Awards, jokingly compares the ceremony, due to take place on 28 February (16), to New Year's Eve.
Fact: Comedian Chris Rock will portray an incarcerated cannibal in the new season of TV drama Empire. Rock's character will be an inmate in the same jail where the show's leading man, Lucious Lyon, is serving time - and his crime will turn fans' stomachs. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter the executives were turned off by one grotesque scene featuring Rock's character with a plate of human body parts before him. The publication suggests the comic agreed to reshoot some of his scenes over the summer (15) to appease network TV chiefs.
Fact: Comedian Chris Rock was locked up on Tuesday (23Jun15) as he filmed his guest role on hit hip-hop drama EMPIRE. The actor plays one of Terrence Howard's prison inmates in the show's upcoming second series and filmmaker Lee Daniels shared photos of himself and Rock behind the scenes of the shoot at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center in Illinois on Tuesday. Musicians Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz are among the other stars set to make cameos in the programme's next season, which will air in the U.S. in September (15).
Fact: Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Jim Carrey were among the comedy heavyweights who joined David Letterman for his final The Late Show on Wednesday night (20May15). The stars teamed up to note the things they wish they had said to the retiring host as part of his final Top 10 list. Rockers the Foo Fighters were Letterman's final musical guests - they performed Everlong, the track the group played on The Late Show in 2000, when the host returned to the programme after heart surgery.
Fact: Funnymen Steve Martin, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Jim Carrey are among the celebrities who were spotted filing into the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York for what will be David Letterman's final The Late Show on Wednesday (20May15). The Foo Fighters have confirmed they'll be the retiring late-night show host's final musical guests in a tweet to fans, which reads: "Final time on this stage...#ThanksDave @Letterman."
Quote: "My movie's very Korean-friendly. We almost don't kill any Koreans. Of all the movies out, we kill the least amount of Koreans... The Egyptians are white in Exodus, Annie's black; it's just a weird world right now... It's the safest Christmas movie there is; it's fun for Koreans." Funnyman Chris Rock insists his new movie Top Five is a good bet for film fans disappointed by the cancellation of The Interview amid threats against theatre bosses planning to screen the comedy.
Quote: "I think I'm dyslexic, slightly - I notice it when I'm reading my kids certain books. I'm like, 'Goddamn, this is hard!'" Comedian Chris Rock believes he has been struggling with the learning disorder for years.
Quote: "I got a deal at it, like, Atlantic or an Atlantic subsidiary. There's demos of me rapping out there. It was before I was a comedian." Chris Rock was once an aspiring hip-hop star.
Quote: "I don't want to be in anything that happened before the Jackson 5. Anything before them is just black misery. Everything before the Jackson 5 is essentially slavery, or close to it. So, as far as I'm concerned, Michael, Marlon, Tino, Jermaine and Jackie ended slavery." Funnyman Chris Rock refuses to appear in historical movies about the African-American experience.
Quote: "Oscar buzz is all nice and dandy... But you know what would be cool about an Oscar? My mother turns 70 on the day of the Oscars, so this year, I would love to be able to take my mother to the Oscars on her 70th birthday. Wouldn't that be pretty cool?" Actor/director Chris Rock is hoping his new comedy Top Five lands him a nomination on Hollywood's big night so he can treat his mum to a birthday to remember.
Quote: "I don't know what to say. What do you say? I hope it's not true... I grew up on Cosby. I love Cosby, and I just hope it's not true. It's a weird year for comedy. We lost Robin (Williams), we lost Joan (Rivers), and we kind of lost Cosby." Actor Chris Rock hopes historic sexual assault allegations filed against his comedy hero Bill Cosby are unfounded.
Quote: "Kanye gave me that name. Yeah, the other day, we were hanging out... We were listening to records or whatever and he said, 'Black plague'. I said, 'Ooh, can I use that?'"Actor/comedian Chris Rock has revealed rapper Kanye West helped him name his new The Black Plague comedy tour.
Fact: Comedian Chris Rock has been tapped to host the upcoming 2014 BET Awards for the very first time. The prizegiving will be held at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre on 29 June (14).
Fact: America Ferrera, Paul Rudd, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Rock and Sam Rockwell were among the famous faces who participated in a charades championship in New York City on Monday (14Jan13). The Hollywood stars took part in the silent guessing game to raise money for the Labyrinth Theater Company's acting programs.
Fact: A Celebrity Charades charity gala featuring Julianna Margulies, Chris Rock, Justin Long and Paul Rudd has been postponed due to the damage caused by superstorm Sandy. The LAByrinth Theater Company event was expected to take place in New York on Monday (05Nov12).
Fact: Comedian Chris Rock is to reprise his Broadway debut role in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Mother... With the Hat for six performances in Los Angeles early next year (13). He will join other members of the original Broadway cast, including Bobby Cannavale and Elizabeth Rodriguez, in the production.
Fact: Chris Rock, Rob Lowe and Oprah Winfrey are among the stars who will help present U.S. daytime show Good Morning America to fill in for anchor Robin Roberts. The TV host will be away while undergoing treatment for a rare blood disorder.
Quote: "My daughters want me to arrange a play date with Malia and Sasha Obama. They aim real high - if we go to Disneyland they want Mickey to eat with us!" Chris Rock's children want to buddy up with U.S. President Barack Obama's kids.
Fact: Billy Crystal, comedian Chris Rock and actor Larry David were on hand to congratulate Starz TV network Ceo Chris Albrecht on his nuptials to Montana Coady on Saturday (17Sep11). The couple wed in Los Angeles and held a star-studded after-party at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Quote: "If you'd have told me two years ago that I would miss the best basketball game ever to hang out with Nathan Lane, I would have said, 'You're crazy!' But that's what happened!" Comedian Chris Rock couldn't believe he skipped the Nba finals to attend the 2011 Tony Awards on Sunday (12Jun11). The Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat 105 to 95 to claim its first championship title ever.
Fact: Comedian Chris Rock showed his generosity last Tuesday (03May11) when he treated the entire cast of his Broadway play The Motherf**ker with the Hat to dinner at Justin Timberlake's New York Bbq restaurant Southern Hospitality.
Quote: "Stand-up's hard. I've been booed in Detroit. Have you been to Detroit? Talk about civil unrest!" Funnyman Chris Rock sympathises with Charlie Sheen, who was booed offstage in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday (02Apr11) when he tried his hand at stand-up comedy during the opening night of his My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Death is Not an Option tour.
Quote: "I helped them by being famous enough for them to get deals to write books." Chris Rock on his mother and wife's book deals.
Quote: "It's like Sex & The City but, if you're a guy, you won't throw up." Chris Rock on his new buddy comedy Grown-Ups.
Quote: "That's what happen to pimps." Chris Rock on the fact that he and pals Adam Sandler, David Spade, Kevin James and Rob Schneider all have daughters and no sons.
Quote: "We're a little older now. Twenty years ago we used to compete all the time. Back then it was always trying to one up a guy. But after a while you're just glad you're in the business and you try to help each other out." Chris Rock on his working relationship with fellow funnyman Martin Lawrence.
Quote: "My advice to Tiger (Woods) and this is the same advice to any married guy: 'Just come home as quick as possible, and you will stay outta trouble.' So, when I'm done with this show, I will get in a helicopter and go straight home, so no miscellaneous ho will get me between here and the dressing room." Chris Rock tells late-night chat show host George Lopez he stays faithful by going home.
Quote: "Sometimes when you say controversial things that are not quite ready, you can get in trouble for them... Michael Richards was probably funny that night but on YouTube he was in the Ku Klux Klan." Comedian Chris Rock fears Seinfeld star Richards was a victim of the Internet when he made his racist comments during a 2006 stand-up routine in Los Angeles.
Quote: "I grew up with cheap refrigerators, so I never knew when the milk was fresh. To this day I will only drink milk the day I buy it and then get rid of it because I'm so frightened that it won't be good the next day." Actor and comedian Chris Rock has a fear of bad milk.
Fact: Salma Hayek is set to join the all-star cast of Adam Sandler's new comedy. The actress will play the funnyman's wife in the as-yet-untitled project, which will star Rob Schneider, Chris Rock, David Spade and Kevin James.
Quote: "I love British comedy. Especially anything by Russell Brand - I love him. I've always wanted to hang out with him but whenever I call he's too busy. Probably just with girls." Comedian Chris Rock is a big admirer of the British funnyman.
Quote: "The choice isn't Republican or Democrat. The choice is you got a guy that's worth $150 million, with 12 houses, against a guy who's worth a million dollars with one house. The guy with one house really cares about losing a house, because he is homeless. The other guy can lose five houses and (he's) still got a bunch of houses. I'm just saying, John McCain could lose half his houses and sleep well." Comedian Chris Rock insists a vote for Barack Obama is a wise one in the current economic climate.
Fact: Comedian Chris Rock has earned himself a place in the Guinness World Records after breaking the record for performing to the largest comedy audience in the U.K. on Friday (23May08). Rock's stand-up show at London's O2 Arena drew 15,900 fans - over 5,000 more than the previous record holder, British funnyman Lee Evans, who played to 10,108 people in 2005.
Quote: "Gimme anything but another white man, please! Black man, white woman, giraffe, anything." Comic Chris Rock is hoping America's next President brings something different to the office.
Fact: Funnyman Chris Rock is set to perform one of the biggest stand-up comedy shows ever after announcing plans to add his act to the Bonnaroo Arts And Music Festival in Tennessee in June (08).
Quote: "Who's that talk-show guy I love? He might be gay." Comedian Chris Rock on the not-so-ambiguous sexual orientation of Irish TV presenter GRAHAM NORTON.
Quote: "Britney Spears? Even O.J. SIMPSON kept his kids and he killed their mother. Britney messed up her dance moves at the MTV Awards and they took her kids away." Chris Rock pokes fun at the fallen pop princess during a stand-up comedy routine.
Quote: "I think this will do for global warming what Live 8 did for ending world hunger." Comic Chris Rock is unconvinced Live Earth will be a success.
Quote: "I think this will do for global warming what Live 8 did for ending world hunger." Comic Chris Rock is unconvinced Live Earth will be a success.
Quote: "I'm not the funniest man in America... Jim Carrey has receipts that'll prove he's actually funnier... BORAT's the funniest man in America right now." Chris Rock plays down his title as America's funniest guy.
Quote: "Maybe I'll adopt some African kids... That's big right now. Asian kids are out. Two or three years ago, everything was about the Asian kids; now people are like, 'That's so last year.'" Funnyman Chris Rock pokes fun at Angelina Jolie, who is in the process of adopting her third child from Vietnam.
Quote: "My real-life wife has a movie coming out, called I THINK THESE KIDS AIN'T YOURS." Chris Rock jokes about his wife's response to the title of his new film, I THINK I LOVE MY WIFE.
Quote: "My humour works best with people that have bad sex and pay taxes." Comedian Chris Rock on why he rarely performs for college audiences.
Fact: Funnyman Chris Rock added TV presenter to his impressive resume yesterday (14MAR07) when he hosted MTV countdown show TOTAL REQUEST LIVE. The show featured the premiere of the new Red Hot Chili Peppers video, HUMP DE BUMP, which was directed by Rock.
Quote: "I used 'n**ger' before any of this s**t went down. So all this s**t of using that word applies to somebody else." Funnyman Chris Rock insists he should be left out of the 'N' word debate.
Quote: "My new favourite movie... is Man on Fire with Denzel Washington... I love that movie, I stop anytime it's on. Denzel putting a bomb in a guy's ass - you can't beat it." Funnyman Chris Rock on his favourite film.
Quote: "This is probably the biggest non-prison ever built for black people." Comedian Chris Rock jokes about pal Oprah Winfrey's new school for underprivileged girls in South Africa. Rock joined Winfrey, Spike Lee, Tina Turner, Mariah Carey and other celebrities at the launch of the $40 million (GBP20.5 million) academy on New Year's Eve (31DEC06).
Quote: "Never go into clubs with metal detectors. Sure, it feels safe inside. But what about all the people waiting outside with guns? They know you ain't got one." Funnyman Chris Rock feels vulnerable on nights out.
Quote: "I don't get high, but sometimes I wish I did. That way, when I messed up in life I would have an excuse. But right now there's no rehab for stupidity." Actor/comedian Chris Rock debates the advantages of taking drugs.
Quote: "I hate the electric chair. Because electricity goes through there and electricity costs money - taxpayer's money. My $50! There are cheaper ways to kill someone. Stabbing don't cost a damn thing. Get a stabbing chair." Comedian Chris Rock's thoughts on capital punishment.
Quote: "A platonic friend for a woman is like a d**k in a glass case. 'In case of emergency break open glass.'" Comedian Chris Rock explains the real reason why men and women pretend to be just friends.
Quote: <p>"CHRIS (ROCK) said, 'Go there with a passport, $10,000 and a fake beard. And if you have to head to Mexico, you head to Mexico.'" Comedian Chris Rock gives advice to new Oscar host Jon Stewart. </p>
Quote: <p>"My people are the toughest people in the world... You can't get rid of black people with water, man." Comedian Chris Rock on the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. </p>
Quote: <p>"I didn't know I lived in a ghetto until I was like 19 or 20 years old. I just thought everybody lived around abandoned buildings." Comedian Chris Rock looks back on his time growing up in New York City. </p>
Quote: <p>"George Bush hates midgets." Comedian Chris Rock offered a moment of humour amid last night's (09SEP05) sombre US hurricane-relief telethon by poking fun at Kanye West's claims that President Bush hated black people - made during a similar telethon a week ago (02SEP05). </p>
Quote: <p>"You'll see a kid get treated like c**p every week, for years to come, hopefully. He'll never get the girl, he'll never win the fight... and 20 years from now he'll be rich." Comedian Chris Rock on Everybody Hates Chris, the new sitcom based on his life. </p>
Quote: <p>"I wasn't the class clown - I was the roadie for the class clown. I set up his lights and sound." Outspoken comedian Chris Rock insists he was a quiet child. </p>