Chris Rock talks comedy
Funnyman Chris Rock has been making fans laugh for decades and he recently dished on how the comedy industry has changed over the years. Rock opened up about how the genre different now, in an email interview with director and producer Judd Apatow for Vanity Fair Magazine.
In regards to comedy today, Rock candidly reported that there is no talent like there was in years past.
"...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," Rock told Apatow, according to the news source. "...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."
One comedian Rock is proud to stand behind is W. Kamau Bell. The Huffington Post reports Rock helped Bell get his show "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell" picked up. The series airs on FX at 11 p.m. and explores "social injustice, politics and a grab-bag of lefty pleasers."
Do you agree with Rock about comedians being different today?