Tamborine – Chris Rock


 

You know a show is a mandatory must-see when you are told that you are about to learn how George Bush was one of the top contributors to black history. “Tamborine – Chris Rock” is a must-see.   The show immediately starts with a quick micro-shout out to Brooklyn and then begins swiftly to joke about what cops are saying to themselves. You think they would be saying, let’s keep a count of all the black kids we shoot and to be fair, let’s decide its time to shoot a white kid in order to keep it equal. Chris Rock then goes on to rant about cops and how, to them, he is just another black person until the cops get close enough to realize he’s the celebrity Chris Rock. The hilarious story about American Airlines having pilots is a highlight.  Don’t worry “most of our pilots like to land. We have a few bad apples that like to crash into mountains.” The thought process here is that some jobs, like being a police officer and being a pilot,  just should never have “bad apples.”

The story of his grandfather taking him hunting will have you crying-laughing. Gun control discussions, as well as the possibility of a mass stabbing, make the crowd roar with laughter. He goes on to discuss his children’s school orientation, bullies, Donald Trump, and his search for God who clearly made mistakes.  Of course, you have to hear Chris Rock’s list of God’s Mistakes. I won’t reveal them here.  One of the funniest parts of this show was how parents should train their black children to prepare for the “white man”.  There are 3 major warnings. Again, I won’t reveal them here as you must see the show! Chris later delves into his personal life. It is very serious but still funny in a strange way. I can’t quite tell if he intended all of it to be funny as the live crowd laughed his face seemed slightly awkward. He speaks of his alleged addiction to porn, a joke? And his tough divorce battle and fight for his kids. You, at this point, feel almost like you’re Chris Rock’s friend. He opens up. He’s real. You see a little vulnerability. But underneath it all, he will make you smile. Or he just might piss you off a little.

“You can be anything, you’re good at, as long as they’re hiring. And even then it helps to know somebody” -Chris Rock 

My new stand-up special, TAMBORINE, is now streaming on @netflix

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Dear Tuesday


400by400Dear Tuesday, I’ve worked really  hard to get to meet you. It’s been a tough week for me already and I am so glad you are here. You see, nothing else in the world right now is more important to me than you. You are all I have at this moment. And because of you, I have a chance to correct mistakes I’ve made. I have a chance to act on some of those awesome dreams I’ve been talking about for years now. It’s as if the world has been leading up to this one moment. You. I am so grateful. I am so passionate about you. I am so blessed that you are here with me and I realize that you are precious. The most important thing about you  is that you are only here for about 24 hours. So I have to be careful to redeem the time. No time to spend being sad, mad, negative, bitter, and lonely.  As a matter of fact, I will make it a point to meet and greet as many people as possible. Oh! and I promise not to eat alone today because I know you have people out there for me. I think it would be better for me to find my joy with you and those that you send into my path. Since you came, I just want you to know  that I will cherish you while I can. I will help someone else today see the beauty in you also.

Just Relax


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Sometimes the world feels like it is on a fast spin. Things are happening fast and life is just passing you by. You sit and wonder, where has the time gone. My biggest thing lately has been comparing myself to others who are “successful.” I sit and say: What have I done? What will be my legacy? Then I realize that we are on this earth for a very relatively short period of time. It is why some people do whatever it is they want in the face of criticism and judgement. You see, it’s your life. Make something of it. Not by other people’s standards but by what you know is just and true to you. Should you suffer and be cynical or just try and spend every waking moment finding joy. You see. I heard someone say that true love doesn’t exist. That it only happens in the movies. That everyone has to work hard all their lives so that they can “retire”. That you have to be skinny. That you have to live in a certain neighborhood. That you have to have certain things. That you have to wear certain clothes. It’s so confusing. It’s so much to achieve and overwhelming. My take today is, Just Relax! That’s right. Just relax. It will be over fast enough. Enjoy the ride.