Chris Rock on Juggling Career With Fatherhood
By// S. Tia Brown
Chris Rock is enjoying the spoils of being a grown man. And we’re not talking sporting grays, spending big money or even gloating in the odd ability to maintain the same weight since the ’90s. The 47-year-old comedian has transitioned from son to father, stand-up talent to stand-out
executive, and, most importantly, from student to teacher.
“Mentors are just a radar to let you know what’s coming up,” the SNL alum tells JET. “And I’ve had a lot of good
ones.” Still, if Eddie Murphy— one of
Rock’s big brothers in the industry— could predict the evolution of this scrawny kid who infamously portrayed a crackhead named Pookie in New Jack City into a comedy giant/movie star/super producer/director, then he’s got a pretty darn-good third eye.
Now things have come full circle as Rock ushers in a new class of punch-line kings. After seeing YouTube sensation Deshawn Raw and W. Kamau Bell ’s comic routines, the Hollywood honcho decided to take the rising talents under his wing. Rock is now producing Raw’s sketch series, D-Raw, which is slated to run on Comedy Central later this year, and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, a late-night talk show that FX picked up for a 13-episode second season run. BET execs had first dibs but they passed on it. “They told us we got Don’t Sleep, hosted by TJ Holmes,” explains the Brooklyn, NY native. “But Kamau is funny. It’s that simple. You make people laugh and the rest is gravy.”
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