Chris Rock’s ‘Outrage’ Shows Perks, Limits of Anger-based Stand-Up

Chris Rock’s ‘Outrage’ Shows Perks, Limits of Anger-based Stand-Up

Why would Netflix make such a fuss a few new Chris Rock comedy particular?

Rock might have underwhelmed throughout his “Saturday Night Live” tenure, however he emerged as one in every of stand-up comedy’s important voices.

Satirical. Smart. Scathing. (Adult language forward)

Rock introduced all of it, after which some, to phases throughout the nation following his “SNL” exit. And that was earlier than “The Slap” heard ’around the world.

When Will Smith attacked Rock throughout final 12 months’s Oscar ceremony we collectively waited, and waited, for Rock’s response. He lastly gave it over the weekend, practically a 12 months after the assault in query.

It’s clear his rage over the assault hasn’t subsided.

When was the final time Rock stepped on his personal gag as he does through the Smith roast on the finish of “Chris Rock: Selective Outrage?”

The comic made us wait to the tip of the principally stable hour, broadcast reside on Netflix, to share his ideas on “The Slap.”

And he didn’t maintain again. Rock eviscerated Smith, his marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith and their public declarations of infidelity. It wasn’t his funniest materials, but it surely proved cathartic for a performer who took the excessive highway throughout, and after, Smith’s disgraceful assault.

That solely enhanced his already sky-high standing in popular culture. Still, the comic’s delayed anger usually swamped the laughter.

Otherwise, Rock delivered on the title’s promise, mocking the best way woke revolutionaries decide and select their targets. Michael Jackson continues to be acceptable on radio stations nationwide, however R. Kelly’s music needed to go.


His greatest bit? He mentioned as soon as upon a time you wanted expertise to get a particular gig. Now, in case you see a gifted individual you possibly can carry her or him down by sharing their most offensive Tweets.

A wise, and obligatory, statement.

He didn’t increase on the commentary, although. And when he later focused Meghan Markle for her victimhood status he centered squarely on race, not her obscene privilege.


Rock prevented beltway politics totally. He claimed all Republicans lie whereas Democrats omit a part of the reality. It was his manner of pledging allegiance to the latter with out doing legwork on the topic.


He name-checked President Joe Biden as soon as and ignored his predecessor. He did wade instantly into the abortion debate, taking a cue from Bill Burr by bringing nuance to the matter.

The “SNL” alum is decidedly pro-choice, however he admits which means dead infants. And he mentioned it, over and once more, in a manner meant to register with viewers.

His greatest story spun from life as a father. He recalled how his teen daughter behaved badly throughout a discipline journey and confronted expulsion together with a gaggle of white college students. Their mother and father lawyered up, and quick, and he reluctantly did the identical. Except he didn’t really feel that served his daughter’s maturation just like the punishment may.

Rock peppered the story with laughs together with insights most of his friends couldn’t summon. The bit touched on race, wealth, privilege and parenthood, all delivered with wit and crafty.

How many comics may do all that in addition to Rock? Very few.

Rock is 58 even when he seems a decade youthful. He’s older, wiser and but principally as sharp and insightful as ever. His raspy tone stays, and he stalks the stage with confidence.

He nonetheless has his blind spots, like his incapacity to drill down into woke overreach, for instance. And why not contact on the crushing censorship hitting western tradition, from his fellow comics to inconvenient headlines buried by Big Tech?

Talk about misplaced priorities.

We don’t want Rock to weigh in on courting after divorce, the variations between women and men and different apparent matters. That materials is roofed each night time on the native comedy membership. And Rock clearly embraced the anger he skilled from divorce and courting which gave some gags an disagreeable edge bordering on misogyny.

We look to Rock for greater than Men Are From Mars-style banter. At his greatest, he shares truths too many received’t go close to.

On that scale, Rock’s “Selective Outrage” deserves an incomplete grade.

The much less mentioned concerning the Netflix after-show, the higher. Mixing legit comedian giants like Dana Carvey with woke scolds like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar proved a horrible match, and when the dialog steered into race each Carvey and co-host David Spade appeared terrified to say a syllable.



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