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Comedy: Tony Rock

By P.F. Wilson · July 24th, 2012 · CityBeat Recommends
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Tony Rock’s stand-up does remind you a bit of his older brother Chris’s work, though the younger Rock’s delivery is actually quite different. Where Chris seems somewhat stunned by the things he observes, Tony evokes bemusement. Talking about people’s desire to deport Mexicans who might be in the country illegally, Tony asks his audience, “How are you going to kick the hardest working people on the planet out of the country? Any Mexicans here?” He gets perhaps a smarting of applause.

“See? They’re all at work! Mexicans work so hard Jamaicans are like, ‘Hey mon. Take it easy. You work too ’ard.’ Sneak into the country Sunday night, working Monday morning.” Growing up in the tough Bedford-Steyvesant section of Brooklyn, N.Y., Rock realized quickly that he needed to develop a sense of humor. “I had to,” he says, “to stay alive. On a daily basis I’d see a dozen characters, and I emphasize the word characters. One minute I’d be fighting for my life, the next I’d be laughing hysterically. There’s a lot of drama in the city and I took it all in.” The Funny Bone on the Levee. Through Sunday, July 29. $15-$17. 859-957-2000, funnyboneonthelevee.com.



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