I have dez to thank for motivating me to get off my haunches and go see Chris Rock at the Gibson Amphitheatre.
I caught him on Saturday, the last night of a four-night stand. Place was packed. I even saw a couple of celebrities... unlikely celebrities, I would have thought, for a Chris Rock show: Two older Jewish cats who are big names in show business.
I won’t make you guess who... but I’ll reveal their names in the comments section, just in case you want to wonder for a minute.
As for Rock’s material, I’d give it a C+.
The first part of his set was devoted to the presidential race. He joked about John McCain’s age. (“He used to own Sidney Poitier!”)
He joked about Hillary Clinton’s marriage. (“She’s gonna work in a office that her husband got blowjobs in? There ain’t enough redecorating in the world for that.”)
He boosted Barack Obama. (“We have never seen a brother this cool and legal. He’s on some Don Cornelius shit.”)
Rock didn’t break much ground with his discussion of the N-word either.
“For the first time in the history of the world, white men have to hold their tongue.” And if white guys don’t like it, Rock proposes this: “Wanna trade places? You scream ‘nigger,’ I’ll raise interest rates.”
The back half of his set, as usual, was devoted to sex stuff. Let’s just say he didn’t take blowjob humor to new horizons. But the crowd was happy, all in all.
No doubt this tour will result in a new HBO special.