The Emmy(R)-winning late-night talk show created and hosted by Chris Rock originally aired on HBO from 1997 to 2000. Showcasing Rock’s singular comedic sketches and striking social commentary, THE CHRIS ROCK SHOW features a variety of high-profile entertainment, political and musical guests such as Prince, George Carlin, Jesse Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Missy Elliott, Salt-N-Pepa and more. Legendary DJ and rapper Grandmaster Flash served as musical director.
THE CHRIS ROCK SHOW has been praised as “hilarious” (Entertainment Weekly) with a “stellar writing staff” (Vulture) “that combines sketch comedy, rock n roll and a take-no-prisoners sensibility” and “wakes you like a jolt of espresso at 12:30 a.m.” (Variety). “[Rock] has charisma and attitude to burn” (Variety) and “[his] sketches tend to be both funny and emphasize a point about the society they were made in. Sketches such as ‘Comedy Wars,’ ‘Thanksgiving Day,’ and ‘Tupac Shakur Boulevard’ are great sketches that look at America with a careful eye.” (IGN).
Nina Rosenstein, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming quote: “We’re thrilled to have The Chris Rock Show on HBO Max so that subscribers can revisit one of comedy’s most iconic series. Chris has never been afraid to take risks and challenge norms, and both guests and viewers embraced this. His show also provided a platform for up-and-coming talent and cutting edge musical guests, and while there are too many unforgettable comedy pieces to name, Chris’ attempt to rename a Howard Beach street to ‘Tupac Shakur Boulevard’ is a classic that instantly comes to mind. It’s one of the many examples of why we’re excited for fans and new audiences alike to watch the show.”
The first two seasons of THE CHRIS ROCK SHOW are available to stream on HBO Max beginning today, Friday, June 25.