Chris Rock’s Career and Life Serves as Inspiration to Comics Everywhere
Edgy, utterly unpredictable, and wildly successful – today, Chris Rock is arguably one of the most well-known and renowned comedians. Rewinding the clock on his success, Rock attended a primarily white school as a child, constantly the victim of racial profiling by other students. Over time, he dropped everything to become a comedian and escape the world he knew. As chance would have it, Eddie Murphy saw one of his early acts and the rest is history.
The Chris Rock Method
Murphy recognized something in Chris. Even from a young age, he was able to comfortably push the boundaries on stage by using the medicine of laughter to counterbalance his edgy routines.
How does he gain this comfort? Like many comics, Chris Rock experiments with new jokes and routines at smaller venues; if the crowd doesn’t like the joke, it won’t make it to larger venues. Utilizing this method, Chris Rock’s performances at larger venues bring the house down.
He honed the art of delivery, content and audience participation. To continue growing as an entertainer, Rock decided to branch out his career into Hollywood. As a result of these disciplined evolutions, he’s had the opportunity to team up with comedic legends like Louis C.K. to deliver absolutely jaw-dropping, “Did they just say that?”, on-screen performances.
From the Victim of Racially Motivated Bullying to Comedic and Silver-Screen Legend
So how did he get from life as a minority in an all-white, racially charged school, to the big screen success and comedy circuit legend? Against virtually everyone’s advice, Chris dropped out of high school. To make ends meet, while supporting his dream, he began working various day-to-day jobs to earn an income until he eventually found his knack in comedy. Failure was the key ingredient in Chris’ journey along the path less traveled. He’s mastered the art of picking himself back up, taking note of his downfalls and executing on an adjusted path.
For comics looking to follow in his footsteps, rejection will be a fact of life. Take every opportunity, focus your efforts and perform every sketch as if Eddie Murphy is in the audience. You can do it. Chris Rock proves it.