A good comedian speaks on the ills of society in a way that not only shocks us, but heals us. Shows us the humour in the absurdity of our actions. They carry a heavy burden being hyper vigilante and catching all the nuances of daily life, only to stand on stages and makes us laugh at ourselves.
Chris Rock has perfected this craft, from the comedy clubs to the silver screen. With his latest movie Top Five expected to hit box offices on December 12th, Chris sat with New York Magazine to discuss not only the film but recent events in Ferguson, being a rich black man in America, Robin Williams, touring and his family.
Few excerpts that I enjoyed –
I know that it’s Miller who first introduced you to Robin Williams. What did you make of his tragic end?
Comedians kill themselves. Talk to 100 comedians this week, everybody knows somebody who killed themselves. I mean, we always say ignorance is bliss. Well, if so, what’s the opposite? Some form of misery. Being a comedian, 80 percent of the job is just you notice shit, which is a trait of schizophrenics too. You notice things people don’t notice.
What has Obama done wrong?
When Obama first got elected, he should have let it all just drop.
Let what drop?
Just let the country flatline. Let the auto industry die. Don’t bail anybody out. In sports, that’s what any new GM does. They make sure that the catastrophe is on the old management and then they clean up. They don’t try to save old management’s mistakes.
What would you do in Ferguson that a standard reporter wouldn’t?
I’d do a special on race, but I’d have no black people.
Well, that would be much more revealing.
Yes, that would be an event. Here’s the thing. When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they’re not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before.
Read the full article here which appears in the December 1st issue of The New York Magazine.