Chris Rock Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

8th April 2016

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."

1st March 2016

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.

29th February 2016

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.

25th February 2016

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.

13th February 2016

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.

25th January 2016

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.

3rd January 2016

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.

16th September 2015

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.

24th June 2015

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).

21st May 2015

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.

21st May 2015

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."

19th December 2014

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.

19th December 2014

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.

19th December 2014

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.

18th December 2014

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.

4th December 2014

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.

1st December 2014

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.

13th June 2014

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.

15th May 2014

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).

16th May 2013

Quote: "Hey, hey, I was on the Kanye (West) record; maybe I'm on the Eminem record. You never know." Comedian Chris Rock hints about a possible appearance on Eminem's forthcoming album.

15th January 2013

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.

1st November 2012

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).

29th October 2012

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.

30th August 2012

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.

11th May 2012

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.

6th February 2012

Fact: Oscar-nominated Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play Chris Rock's wife in a new movie the comedian is scripting.

21st September 2011

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.

13th June 2011

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.

8th June 2011

Fact: Rap superstars Kanye West and Jay Z turned out to support Chris Rock by joining the audience of his Broadway show, The Motherf**ker With the Hat, over the weekend (04-05Jun11).

8th May 2011

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.

18th April 2011

Fact: Ricky Gervais, Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock have filmed a comedy summit, during which the trio discusses the state of the genre. Talking Funny will air in America on 22 April (11).

4th April 2011

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.

25th June 2010

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.

25th June 2010

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.

11th June 2010

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.

3rd June 2010

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.

14th April 2010

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.

13th April 2010

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.

8th April 2010

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.

19th March 2009

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.

25th November 2008

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.

29th September 2008

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.

26th May 2008

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.

28th March 2008

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.

14th February 2008

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).

11th January 2008

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.

3rd January 2008

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.

8th July 2007

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.

8th July 2007

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.

19th March 2007

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.

18th March 2007

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.

16th March 2007

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.

16th March 2007

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.

15th March 2007

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.

13th March 2007

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.

12th March 2007

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.

1st March 2007

Quote: "I have talked about Michael Jackson with crackheads and presidents." Comedian Chris Rock insists everyone is fascinated with the King Of Pop.

28th February 2007

Quote: "I thought Ellen did just great. She should be the host every year." 2005 Oscars host Chris Rock was impressed with his successor, Ellen Degeneres.

3rd January 2007

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).

15th December 2006

Fact: Chris Rock and Eddie Murphy will play disgruntled workers who hatch a plot to rip off their employer in a new film project from producer BRIAN GLAZER.

20th March 2006

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.

17th March 2006

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.

16th March 2006

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.

15th March 2006

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.

27th February 2006

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>

21st January 2006

Fact: <p>Funnyman Chris Rock is to step behind the camera to direct an episode of his biographical TV comedy Everybody Hates Chris. </p>

22nd September 2005

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>

15th September 2005

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>

10th September 2005

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>

7th September 2005

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>

3rd September 2005

Fact: <p>Comedian Chris Rock and rapper Master P have signed up to take part in a 9 September (05) Black Entertainment Television telethon, to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. </p>

19th August 2005

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>

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