Chris Rock’s Aussie tour is a Total Blackout

Chris Rock. Photo: Johnny Louis/FilmMagic

Chris Rock. Photo: Johnny Louis/FilmMagic

Back in the 1990s, we were told comedy was the new rock’n’roll. The new generation of comedians was young, edgy and cool and just as happy playing stadium gigs as they were smoky clubs.

Two decades on, nothing has changed. Like the rock stars of the past, big name ’90s comedians are heading out on the nostalgia circuit, connecting with an army of fans who know them from endless repeats or YouTube playlists.

It’s been nine years since Chris Rock went on tour. Away from the stage, he’s made a host of blockbusters, developed and starred in hit sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, and recently signed a deal with Netflix allegedly worth $US40 million.

Like Jerry Seinfeld, whose first two August shows sold out in a trice, Chris is now in his 50s. But while listening to Jerry feels like rediscovering a cosy pair of (white) sneakers, Chris remains edgy as ever. His Total Blackout world tour opened last month in the US and instantly inspired walkouts with jokes about sex, race and Donald Trump.

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Still smarting from a recent divorce, Chris isn’t the first comedian to return to the road for an “alimony tour”. After all, Monty Python joked that their surprise reunion was solely to pay off John Cleese’s numerous exes.

But although his relationship breakdown is a key focus of his new show, Chris insists his motivation was to find out if he still had what it takes to crack up a stadium crowd.

“The real danger is you get too famous,” he recently told GQ. “You learn how to manipulate your instrument in a way that you make people laugh without really writing good jokes, which happens to lots of funny people. They figure out the rhythms of funny and stop with the actual writing.”

Chris hasn’t stopped writing. Unlike Jerry Seinfeld, who can be trusted to wheel out the hits, Chris starts each tour afresh with completely new material.

He has said he was inspired in this by one of his heroes, the late Prince, who would bemuse fans by defiantly playing songs they hadn’t yet heard. The new rock’n’roll indeed.

Chris Rock: Total Blackout

June 23, PERTH

June 24, BRISBANE

  • Brisbane Entertainment Centre
  • TICKETS or 132 849

June 26, MELBOURNE

  • Melbourne Hisense Arena
  • TICKETS or 132 849

June 27, MELBOURNE

  • Arts Center Melbourne, Hamer Hall
  • TICKETS or 132 849

June 28, SYDNEY

  • Sydney Qudos Bank Arena
  • TICKETS or 132 849

June 29, SYDNEY

  • ICC Sydney Theatre, Darling Harbour
  • TICKETS or 132 849

 

 

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