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Chris Rock: Cellphones Spoiling Stand-Up Comedy

Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Bing(NEW YORK) -- Chris Rock is never one to hold his tongue.  Now, the comedian is blaming cellphone cameras for spoiling his jokes.

On Wednesday's Good Morning America, Rock told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he'd love to do stand-up again, but technology is making it hard.

"I'm gonna get back. It's just hard to do it in the age of cellphone cameras. People don't let you work," says Rock, who's starring in the new indie film 2 Days In New York, out Friday.

"Here's the thing.  Anytime you see an HBO special, I've done almost 200 shows to get ready...I really craft it," Rock says, then explains, "But now with the cameras people show the stuff while you're getting it ready."

Thanks to online technology, Rock was in the middle of controversy recently when he tweeted during the Fourth of July holiday, "Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren't free but I'm sure they enjoyed fireworks."

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Chris Rock Upsets Some with Controversial Fourth of July Tweet

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Chris Rock’s July Fourth tweet has some people in a decidedly non-festive mood. On Wednesday, the comedian tweeted, “Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren’t free but I’m sure they enjoyed fireworks.”

The backlash ignited faster than San Diego’s botched fireworks show. One follower told Rock, “No more of your movies anymore.” Others said Independence Day paved the way for abolition, and many fell back on four letter words.

Some of Rock’s famous friends came to his defense. The actor Don Cheadle tweeted, “Chris Rock was making a joke … If you don’t think it’s funny. ok. But keep it in perspective.”

In a statement to the Huffington Post, Elon James White, star of the web show This Week in Blackness, called the criticism “absolutely ridiculous.” “[P]art of being American, to me,” he added, “is that I have to acknowledge all the bulls**t that comes with it.”

Rock’s rep did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Chris Rock Uses Obama’s 50th Birthday Bash as Comedy Material 

Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Bing(LOS ANGELES) -- Chris Rock apparently doesn’t care whether he’s invited to President Obama’s next birthday party. The comedian used Obama’s 50th birthday bash as material for a surprise stand-up appearance at the Comedy Store club in Los Angeles over the weekend. 

Saying he felt like “he died and went to black heaven,” Rock shared a few details about the August birthday party, which was closed to the media. The informal barbecue at the White House was paid for by the Obamas, according to The Washington Post, and featured a celebrity-heavy guest list including Jay-Z, Tom Hanks and Whoopi Goldberg.

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While Rock called the party an “unbelievable experience,” he said the informal dress code made him feel like the late rapper “Jam Master Jay” at the White House.

Rock also talked about standing with rapper-producer Jay-Z in the audience and watching singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder and pianist-composer Herbie Hancock perform together.

“Me and Jay-Z looked at each other like, ‘Oh, hell no, we’re never going to do shows here,’” Rock said in the video of his club appearance. “The president is never going to go, ‘Yes, Big Pimpin, how did you like that?’” Rock said, referring to a Jay-Z song....“That’s never going to happen. Let’s just be glad we’re invited.”

Rock went on to say that after Hancock and Wonder left the stage, the DJ slowly switched the tunes from the R&B group Kool & the Gang to funk innovator George Clinton and that the music got “blacker and blacker.”

The most surreal portion of the night, Rock said, was the moment Beyonce’s Crazy in Love started playing. At that point, Rock recalled that first daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha Obama, 10, "came out of nowhere…and started doing the dougie" dance.

Noticing that the White House was filled with portraits of past presidents, Rock added, “Kennedy was cool with it.”

While Rock’s appearance at the Comedy Store was a surprise, he often uses the small comedy club to try out new material. Based on the audience’s reaction in the video, there might be more to come.

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Spike Lee, Chris Rock Spar at Sundance

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagi(PARK CITY, Utah) -- You can’t really blame them. If you were at the adult equivalent of ski camp, with open bars, 4 a.m. parties and swag suites galore, would you be on your best behavior? Probably not. James Mardsen yelled at security at the Salt Lake City airport. Paris Hilton lost her phone at a party.

And then there was Spike Lee and Chris Rock. Rock stood up at the Sundance Film Festival’s Sunday premiere of Lee’s Red Hook Summer and asked what the polarizing director would have done if he had studio money to make the film about a pedophile priest. Lee financed it with $1 million of his own money -- Rock wanted to know if Lee would have “blown up the church” and made a more outrageous pic if he had $20 million or so to spend. Lee’s response: "Thank you, Chris.” And then he moved on.

Lee talked about the brewing feud Monday on ABC News Now’s Popcorn with Peter Travers. “They don’t want to make this stuff,” he said in reference to major motion picture studios, “which is why you come to Sundance. I made the correct decision to not ever mess with the studio. I made it with my money the way I want to make it.”

He also took a hit at Red Tails director George Lucas, whose film about the Tuskegee Airmen, the all-black World War II fighter squad, scored $20 million over the weekend.

“It’s a shame, there are few and far between films that are made for people of color,” he said. “It’s better when George Lucas says it for Red Tails but I’ve been saying it for years. I don’t care who says it.”

When asked to name the whitest film he’d ever seen, Lee declined, saying he didn’t “want to make anymore headlines.”

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Chris Rock Saying No to Tonys?

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Post reported Wednesday the producers of the usually ratings-challenged Tony Awards telecast were eager to shake things up for the 2011 show in June, and had comic Chris Rock at the top of their hosting wish list. 

Rock, who hosted the Academy Awards in 2005, has been winning raves on Broadway with his performance in the play Motherf**ker with a Hat, and is expected to nab a Tony nomination for it. However, as much as the producers of the show want him, Entertainment Weekly reports Rock won't host.

His rep tells the magazine he's willing to be involved with the show in some other way, however.

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Chris Rock Takes a Swing at Tea Party

Photo Courtesy - WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the March issue of Esquire, comedian Chris Rock takes a swing at the Tea Party.

When asked by a writer how he felt about political tension in the U.S., Rock responded, "I actually like it, in the sense that -- you got kids?" asked Rock. "Kids always act up the most before they go to sleep. And when I see the Tea Party and all this stuff, it actually feels like racism's almost over. Because this is the last -- this is the act up before the sleep. They're going crazy. They're insane. You want to get rid of them -- and the next thing you know, they're [bleeping] knocked out. And that's what's going on in the country right now."

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