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Rock bursts out of the gate with a bitingly hilarious bit on Marion Barry, musing that Barry managed to get reelected as mayor of Washington after being convicted of behavior that would get you fired from McDonald's. Discussing a slightly more respectable figure in the form of Colin Powell, Rock highlights the low expectations whites hold for blacks by pointing out that an educated black general can be praised merely for speaking well. This being the mid-90's, there was the obligatory bit on O.J., but Rock manages to go deeper than most comics in analyzing what the case said about the nature of fame and America's racial divide.Read more ›
I love black stand up as a whole but this dude is in a class of his own. By the time this 1996 performance was taped as an HBO special, he had honed his skill to perfection and ensured he would be known as more than the guy who got to play the butt of all the jokes in movies like "Boomerang", "CB4" and "New Jack City". No subject is sacred and no one is safe. Rock lays into Marion Barry (the former Mayor of Washington DC who was involved in a drug scandal and still managed to get re-elected. The show was taped at the Takoma Theatre in D.C. so the response of the audience was particularly interesting), O.J. Simpson, Colin Powell, and also talks about race relations, education, the crack epidemic, family values, sex & relationships and what he sees as the (still controversial) difference between `ni**as' and black people. Rock is totally irreverent, unrelenting and foul mouthed, while at the same time managing to remain intelligent, practical and sensitive with a central underlying moral core to his message. He may offend you but he'll make you laugh yourself silly while he's doing it AND make you think after he's done.Read more ›
By the way: This is better than "Bigger and Blacker".
In some ways Rock in this DVD is less like a comedian and more like a lion tamer, as he struts across the stage, nervously taking jabs at his mostly African American live audience, who react with boos and horror as he airs their dirty laundry in the front yard of white America.
For example, he questions how DC mayor Marion Barry was reelected after he smoked crack on camera while in office and appeared at the famed Million Man March. "Even in our finest hour, we got a crack head on the stage," Rock taunts.
Yes, the audience laughs, but as you watch this DVD you can feel the tension between Rock and the audience that is further enraged when Rock starts talking about how he hates the black criminals (Rock uses the n word) who ruin everything half way decent about life in black neighborhoods.
These people (again he uses the n word) want credit for something a normal man just does. "Hey I take care of my kids," Rock claims these people boast. "You're supposed to take care of your kids. Whaddya want a cookie?" Rock asks as he repeatedly explains that he's tired tired tired of these black criminals.
What's interesting about BRING THE PAIN, is that Rock is masterful at controlling the audience. Just when you think everyone will leave DC's Tacoma theater in disgust over his taunting, Rock changes gear and begins to seduce them with other realities of life in America.Read more ›
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watch it over and over what a laugh everyone should have this one plus his othersPublished 1 month ago by linda l smith
I do stand-up as an avocation, and Chris Rock's body of work is brilliant. I can see why this special was so groundbreaking. The man speaks the truth uniquely.Published 2 months ago by Pat Rocchi
Used to be a Chris Rock fan but I guess the only things I like of Chris Rock now is his relationship discussion at the end of Never Scared and his movie I Think I Love My Wife... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cowboy bebop
It's Chris Rock. Love him or hate him, he's got two things going for himself: he's thoughtful from time to time, and he hasn't grown tired of himself yet.Published 17 months ago by William Alan Moss
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