Since the Kevin Hart oscar-hosting saga started, just about everybody (besides Whoopi Goldberg in fact) has been maintaining their distance from the awards present. Now, Chris Rock has additionally chimed in to verify the Academy is aware of he desires nothing to do with the present.
While presenting an award on the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, Rock defined, as many ageing comedians do these days, how the world is much less permissive when it comes to issues which can be deemed "offensive," saying, “if it was 5 years in the past, I may say one thing actually offensive and humorous proper now, however I can’t do this anymore, so…heyyyy!” If this can be a reference to the homophobic Tweets that Kevin Hart despatched out between 2009 and 2011, Rock has missed the mark as a result of the Tweets merely aren't humorous:
Rock tried to discover a answer for the Oscars-hosting debacle by pointing to an iconic comic within the viewers on the NYFCCA: “Steve Martin is right here. You ought to host the Oscars. You’re the most effective.” Rock elaborated: “Steve Martin ought to host the Oscars! Because I’m not doing it, goddammit! You’re not getting me.” They've solely obtained a couple of month left, in order that they higher get somebody quickly.
The Best Stand-Up Specials on Netflix
Comedy makes the world go 'round. There are few other artistic genres that allow the artist to express thoughts and ideas that are possibly rude, abrasive, racist, sexist, or just pessimistic in nature, but they still get the designated audience to laugh. Comedy can turn the worst scenarios into the most hilarious circumstances. Take for example, Richard Pryor joking about lighting himself on fire, or Chris Rock opining about dead black children. Both topics come from a dark place, but in the comedic realm, we open ourselves up to laugh at the misfortunes the world, together. Maybe that's why watching comedy specials have become one the most popular forms "Netflix and Chill." Finding shared humor next to someone can be just as intimate as the actions that happen next.
Netflix has commissioned several comedians to perform specials just for them, such as Chappelle, Rock, and Amy Schumer. The checks that were written for those comedians have been at the center comedian Mo'Nique's recent call for a boycotting Netflix. Although sister Mo'Nique may have a point in her fight for equality, it's hard to boycott a company that brought Dave Chappelle back into our lives, for four separate specials. Humor is supposed to bring people together, not tear them apart.
Netflix has a dungeon filled with comedy specials somewhere. That's the only explanation for how many stand-up comedians have shows on the streaming service. Digging through dozens upon dozens Netflix shows can kill the mood even before the show starts. Frustrating, we know. That's why we have compiled a list the ten best stand-up specials on Netflix right now. From Dave Chappelle to Mike Birbiglia, these are the comedy specials worth watching this month.
Chance The Rapper Is "With Mo'Nique" Amid Netflix Controversy
This year, actress and comedian Mo'Nique got the gears turning on a controversial topic the role black women in the entertainment industry when she made public the details a potential deal with Netflix. It was in a clip posted to social media that Mo'Nique explained that she was fered $500,000 for a comedy special on the streaming platform—an fer the Academy Award winner turned down because what she perceived to be a disparate figure in comparison to her track record and the lucrative deals secured by her peers.
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“I am asking that you stand with me and boycott Netflix for gender bias and color bias,” she said began. “I was fered a $500,000 deal last week to do a comedy special. However, Amy Schumer was fered $11 million, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle $20 million …] When we asked Netflix to explain the difference, why the money was so different, they said, ‘Well, we believe that’s what Mo’Nique will bring. We said, ‘What about my résumé?’ …] Why shouldn’t I get what the legends are getting?”
Her clip quickly went viral and sparked a heated debate over the legitimacy her outcry. Since then, she’s received support from the likes Jada Pinkett-Smith and fellow comedian Wanda Sykes, and now Chance The Rapper has thrown his hat into the ring Mo’Nique backers.
In a series concise tweets, Chance made his stance very clear. “I’m With Mo’Nique, “he penned in a first tweet. He went on to reference her I Could’ve Been Your Cellmate comedy special in which she famously performed for inmates at an Ohio correctional facility as pro Mo’Nique’s leverage in the game. “Black women,” he wrote in one tweet. “You deserve better.”
Kevin Hart Hangs With Comedy Greats At NBA All-Star Game: Vote On Your Favorite
For most NBA fans this weekend, it was a celebration basketball excellence during All-Star Weekend. Where many find themselves cheering for their favourite players and teams, comedy fans were treated to another meeting talent to the highest degree. While enjoying the weekend with his family, basketball-enthusiast, Kevin Hart ran into some his esteemed predecessors: Chris Rock, Chris Tucker, and Dave Chappelle. While it may be rare for these legendary comedians to meet each other, for all them to be together is truly a great feat. The comedians commemorated the event with a quick photo that has since accumulated nearly 1.5 million likes on Hart’s Instagram page. Some other notable faces that were featured on Kevin’s IG include Fabulous, Chadwick Boseman, LeBron James, and course, Hart’s Family.
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This certainly looks like an important moment for Hart, mentioning that this photo will find a place on a wall in his home. However, Kevin Hart is also notorious for being (overly) competitive with his friends. Just look at the comedian’s behavior during past All-Star Celebrity games. But how do you think he stacks up to some the comedy greats? Which the four is your favorite? Vote below so we can settle who is the HNHH fan favorite.
Chris Rock Netflix Special "Tamborine" To Premiere On Valentine's Day
Earlier this month, Netflix released a rather cryptic teaser video entitled Tamborine, which simply displayed the handheld percussive instrument in a darkly-lit room. The streaming service did not reveal any details as to who was attached to the project, or the exact nature its being, which led the general public to try and decipher the video's existence. Some believed that it may have been a teaser for another season Arrested Development or Sense8, but Netflix has finally announced that Tamborine is actually the title a new Chris Rock stand-up special slated to debut tomorrow.
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This forthcoming project is the first stand-up special for the comedian in 10 years; his last was Kill the Messenger, which debuted on HBO and won two Emmy Awards. The special is directed by Bo Burnham and was filmed at the Brooklyn Academy Music. This special coincides with Black Panther's imminent release this Friday, as well as the unveiling the Barack and Michelle Obama's Smithsonian portraits, making this the most culturally-dominant Black History Month is recent times.
Rock has always been socially-engaged in his stand-up, covering a variety topics that particularly pertinent to the social climate America. 2018 is another year into Donald Trump's highly controversial presidency, and will probably be a topic interest for Rock and his biting sense humour.
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Rihanna Attends Chris Rock's "Total Blackout Tour" In New York
Chris Rock's Total Blackout Tour is successfully underway and he's had some big names attend his stand up comedy routine. So far, Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian have been seen hanging backstage with Chris as well as Diddy and Nas.
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One the latest music makers to pass by and get a laugh is none other than Rihanna herself who Chris tells his Instagram fans, with a pic the two, that they are the "new couple alert." Of course, the caption is just one many jokes from the comedian since he has his own girl, Megalyn Echikunwoke.
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Chris' show at the Madison Square Garden theatre last night was the first four in New York. He'll be at Madison Square again tonight and tomorrow (December 7th and 8th) and then he's headed to Barclays Center on December 9th. Tickets for his show are available here.