Chris Rock, October 19
His film Head Of State may have lost at the box office this year, but Chris Rock proved he's a leader among stand-ups with the first of three packed shows at Massey Hall . Prowling the stage in front of a racially mixed and guy-heavy crowd, Rock began his 90-minute Black Ambition Tour set by hoping his baby daughter wouldn't become a stripper. "My only job in life is to keep her off the pole," he joked, and then looked at stripping and male bonding, why rap is maligned and launched into an extended, razor-sharp meditation on what's wrong with America today.
His targets included Kobe Bryant, Arnold Schwarzenegger and American "hatriotism." Even when he got into controversial territory like abortion and gay marriage, his insights were thoughtful. Rock's most profound jokes took on affirmative action, institutionalized racism and the economic disparity between whites and blacks. He ended with a hilarious look at how marriage has changed his sex life.
Rock proved that comedy at its best helps us sort out all the garbage swirling around us. His comedy matters.
Check out special Halloween showings of Pete Zedlacher 's and Joanna Noble 's Zombie Girlfriend . Packaged like a 28 Days Later satire, the short vid, efficiently filmed by Nick Carbone , is funny enough, with a jolt or two of special effects nastiness. If watching Zedlacher try to kill and kill and kill his onscreen girlfriend makes you feel a bit queasy, maybe that's because Zedlacher split from his girlfriend, Jo-Anna Downey . Some unresolved issues? Zedlacher screens the video tonight (Thursday, October 30) at the Tim Sims Playhouse's Second Cine and Sunday (November 2) at Clinton's Pirate Video Cabaret (see comedy listings).