Chris Rock

Season 13 | AIRED: Mar 12 12/11c

Bravos 12-time Emmy-nominated series, Inside the Actors Studio sits down with funny man Chris Rock for a two hour special. Watch as James Lipton dive into the heart of Rock's childhood and comedic influences. The two hour special tracks his time as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, his experience hosting the 77th Annual Academy Awards, working on memorable films such as New Jack City his upcoming project I Think I Love My Wife and his successful sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. The two-hour special takes an in-depth look at Rock's comedic life as host James Lipton discusses the comedian, writer, producer and director's career. Viewers can catch Even More Inside The Actors Studio at www.bravoTV.com, for exclusive bonus clips of Rock as he commands the stage with his ever-present wit and humor. During his wide-ranging interview with Lipton, Rock reveals what life was like as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, his experience hosting the 77th Annual Academy Awards and his successful sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, among other topics. In 1991, Rock released his first comedy album, Born Suspect. Two years later he starred in his first HBO comedy special titled "Big Ass Jokes." His second 1996 stand-up special "Bring the Pain" reinvented Rock as one of the hottest comedians in the industry. His routine, which featured commentaries on race in America, stirred up a great deal of controversy. Rock has since had two more HBO comedy specials: "Bigger and Blacker" in 1999 and "Never Scared" in 2004. HBO also aired his talk show, The Chris Rock Show,which gained critical acclaim for Rock's interviews with celebrities and politicians. Rock's television work has earned him three Emmy Awards and 15 nominations for his performing and writing. While Rock has acted in movies since 1987 (beginning with a small role in Beverly Hills Cop II), it was not until the success of his stand-up act in the late 1990s that Rock began receiving major parts in films. These include roles in Dogma, Lethal Weapon 4,Nurse Betty and a starring role in Down to Earth. Rock has also increasingly worked behind the camera, both as a writer in CB4 and director of Head of State and his upcoming film I Think I Love My Wife. In the fall of 2005, the UPN television network premiered a comedy series called Everybody Hates Chris, based on Rock's school days, of which he is the executive producer, writer and narrator. Rock also joined comedy's elite club by hosting the Academy Awards.