Posted in comedy on December 7, 2012

Chris Rock

Chris Rock, who recently made surprise appearances at UCB, and with Louis CK (who he definitely thinks is great), and who has been known to show up at Hannibal Buress's weekly Sunday night show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, just talked to Judd Apatow for Vanity Fair. Judd asked him if he thinks comedians are better now? Chris said:

Do I think comedians are better now? Hell fuckin' no. Show me one guy or woman as funny as Rodney Dangerfield or as good as George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, or Joan Rivers. There are a lot of good comics out there, no doubt, but as far as the quality of the comics goes, I think what you have is a bunch of situational comics. What we have now is black comics that work only black crowds, gay comics that do only gay crowds, and southern comics that only work down South, and so on with Asian, Latino, Indian, midgets, etc. The previous generation's comics were better because they had to make everybody laugh. Richard Pryor could do The Ed Sullivan Show and play the Apollo. Seinfeld can work any crowd. Ellen can work any crowd. Lopez can work any crowd. And a few more, but the rest of them are just situational comics.
Judd Apatow's new movie "This is 40" is out soon, music and acting by Graham Parker included.

Watch Chris, Louis, Seinfeld, and Ricky Gervais talk about what is funny, below...

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Comments (26)

Sittin' on a cock cuz I'm gay...

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 10:05 AM

He's absolutely fucking right

Posted by Capt. Coconut | December 7, 2012 10:16 AM

he's right
and i'd still watch him and Louie get it on

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 10:41 AM

Lopez is a situational comic. We know you are from East L.A. And you love Obama. RIP Freddy Soto

Posted by ceez | December 7, 2012 10:42 AM

Couldn't this sort of pigeonholing of comics just be a result of the modern information age? Back in the day people had what, exactly, to find comics - radio, network tv, records? Now anybody can put jokes up on youtube, etc, and I would think people can easily search for comics they find appealing

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 11:19 AM

He's absolutely right.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 11:29 AM

anybody in 1945 was funnier than Fred Armisen. Literally anybody. You could just yank a random person off the streets.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 11:34 AM

George Carlin and Richard Pryor (and Sam Kinison, to an extent) were two of the funniest motherfuckers ever. Hard to beat.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 11:42 AM

Carlin > anyone else

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 11:44 AM

... says the comic who only talks about black vs. white people topics most of the time.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 12:18 PM

I love every comic he mentioned (including him), but I find Louis CK a bore (but still better than Armisen and Aziz).

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 12:25 PM

Jim Gaffigan, John Mulaney

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 12:27 PM

ok

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 1:38 PM

Doug Stanhope / Joe Rogan crush it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 2:41 PM

nice

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 3:06 PM

Gallagher, where is he?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 3:06 PM

Jim Norton crushes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 3:35 PM

NICK DIPAOLO >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> anyone else

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 5:03 PM

12:18, he may do black vs. white a lot, but isn't some of his biggest stuff him calling out certain segments of the black population? White people love that

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 5:14 PM

There is so many mediocre "comedians" in nyc now who trot around with a beard & belly just making jokes in identical fashion to many other local young comedians in their 20's. Case in point look to Cave in Creek.


Theres gems of comedians out there who have worked hard & were original to begin with such as Maria Bamford and the late Bill Hicks.

Robin Williams although has maybe repeated material often for peoples tastes is still amazing.


Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 6:27 PM

The best (ok, I'm lying, worst) is when the black comedians and George Lopez imitate the white people like they're all stoned out goofball valley dudes from Californiyyyyyaaaahhhhh. Almost as weak a comeback as 'cracker'.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 6:51 PM

Agree with all but Ellen (gag) dont forget Bill Hicks!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 9:43 PM

Hummus Comments on BV > all standup comedians

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 11:00 PM

Does anything get better? Besides alcohol? Christ.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2012 11:43 AM

I love this comedian. I am really fun of it.

Posted by humayun islam | December 15, 2012 12:12 PM

It is a toss up as to who gets the top standup comedian spot in my opinion. Probably Seinfeld. Rock and Louis CK are interchangeable for numbers 2 and 3.

Posted by willfan | December 30, 2013 4:46 PM

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