Entries in Stand-Up (3)


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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Robin Williams to Receive Comedy Icon Award

Dave Hogan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Emmy, Oscar and Grammy winner Robin Williams will soon have another trophy for his mantle.

He has been named the 2012 recipient of the The Comedy Awards' second Stand-Up Icon Award.  Tracy Morgan presented the inaugural award to Eddie Murphy last year.

The awards ceremony, to be taped at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, will air on Comedy Central on Sunday, May 6.

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Dave Chappelle Returns to the Stage at Mourning's Summer Groove Charity Event

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- Comedian Dave Chappelle made national news Friday night when he bombed at Alonzo Mourning's Summer Groove charity comedy event, but he didn’t give up.  Chappelle also did a brief stand-up set at the Summer Groove gala Saturday night at the Seminole Hard Rock in Florida, reports  The ten-minute routine was well received, according to a source at the event.

Chappelle took a moment to apologize for his "bad attitude" on Friday, when he attempted to perform, but was met with hecklers after reportedly sending text messages and refusing to tell jokes while on stage. On Saturday, he introduced singer Cee Lo Green and quickly got off the stage.  Chappelle reportedly has been testing the waters for a return to stand-up comedy by trying out his new material in unannounced appearances.

Mourning's 15th annual weekend provided help for thousands of South Florida's impoverished youth.  It featured a golf tournament, a dinner headlined by Alicia Keys and Green, and several other events.

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