Belfast Telegraph

Rock: World needs laughter

Chris Rock is passionate about the merits of his profession.

The 49-year-old funnyman has been a fixture in the Hollywood comedy circuit since landing his breakthrough role in 1987’s Beverly Hills Cop II, starring mentor Eddie Murphy.

Decades later, the former Saturday Night Live star is still passionate about his profession, believing it makes the world’s woes more palatable.

“The world is always a little sad, especially right now,” he told the New York Post. “So we always need some sort of comedy to make us laugh and forget about the troubles. I’m a comedian and that’s my job. If I can make people laugh, then I succeeded,” he said.

Chris is currently promoting new movie Top Five. The film, about an aspiring actor whose reality star fiancée persuades him into featuring their wedding on her show, had its premiere at New York City’s Ziegfeld Theater this week.

Co-stars Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union and Jerry Seinfeld were among those in attendance.

The star-studded event followed shortly after Chris garnered headlines for calling the film “kind of racist” in an essay published by The Hollywood Reporter.

“How many black men have you met working in Hollywood? Where’s the big black P.R. agency? Where are the big black agents? Where’s the big black film producer?” he asked.

“That’s why I’ve been all over Steve McQueen. I put a microchip in Steve’s pocket and track him like an Uber driver. Steve thinks we keep bumping into each other by accident.”

Top Five is scheduled for release later this month.

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