According to Hannah’s brother Phillip, the comic collapsed at his Dallas-area home Monday. He was 45.
*Just like the headline says, this page/board is where you can discuss the stuff that we didn’t cover in today’s issue. (It’s sort of like feedback with a twist) Remember, NO name calling, racial taunting, graphic sex talk and vulgarity in general, PLEASE.
EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
You have a right to your thoughts and feelings. Your feelings are always valid. -Iyanla Vanzant
Feb. 7: Comedian Chris Rock is 49.
Feb. 7, 1926: Carter G. Woodson creates Negro History Week. In 1976 it became Black History Month.
*Rihanna is being asked to tone down her image so she can be made into a cartoon character – so says RadarOnline.com.
The singer is being sought by DreamWorks Animation studios, who want to make a character out of the pop star, born Robyn Fenty, but first they want her to agree to promote a more wholesome lifestyle.
A source says the company’s CEO, Jeffrey Katzenberg, wants to ”globalize and sanitize her image for the widest possible audience.”
“Jeffrey has been tracking Robyn for a couple of years. He is a huge fan and believes the sky’s the limit if she can clean up her act to appeal to a wider audience,” a source told the website.
“He sees a huge amount of money to be made there and wants to capitalize before somebody else does. He’s making pop-friendly movies and wants her to be in them. It’s time for Rihanna to go from R-rated to PG-rated. This is Jeffrey’s firm opinion and he’s doing all he can to make it happen.”
The source cited how DreamWorks had managed to take comedian Chris Rock – known for his explicit stand up routines – and put him in front of a family audience as a voice actor in the hugely successful “Madagascar” franchise.
*FX is moving some of its popular shows to new sister channel FXX, including its late night offering, “Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell,” which premiered on the mothership last year.
Executive produced by Chris Rock, the show also expands from weekly to nightly, which Bell finds rather liberating.
“I think Friday was a always a really bad day for us because we had just done the show on Thursday, and Friday we’d sort of show up at the office and some big news story would break, and you’d be, like, ‘Man, we have to hit this.’ And we’d start writing into it, and then by Tuesday we were, like, ‘Oh, this is dead,’ either because other shows have talked about it, or it’s just we are not thinking about it as a culture anymore,” he told TV critics in August at the TCA Summer Press Tour.
“Also the thing about a weekly show is that sometimes you have too much time to think, and you talk yourself out of a dangerous idea that you would have just done if you had to do it that night – not dangerous, but a provocative idea. And so the daily show gives us less sort of more chance to plan but less time to think, which, for comics, less time to think is generally a good thing.”
Bell, who regularly puts his comedic spin on race, says one of his racial pet peeves is when white people attempt to judge what is racist and what is not. Listen below.
“Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell” debuts Wednesday (Sept. 4) at 11 p.m. on FXX. Click here to find out where FXX is on your cable system. Watch a promo of the new second season below.
Guests booked for first week:
Wednesday, September 4: Jim Gaffigan (Bob’s Burgers)
Thursday, September 5: Tracy Morgan (30 Rock)
Monday, September 9: Chris Rock (Grown Ups 2)
While Chappelle was putting the audience in stitches for 45 minutes, Chris Rock joined him onstage for another hour.
From Jay-Z’s relationship with the president to Seth MacFarlane, the two were a match made in comedy heaven. It was a riot.
Rock texted Jay-Z at 1:30 a.m., asking if he wanted to get spaghetti. When Jay didn’t respond, they left voice mails for Arsenio Hall and Lenny Kravitz.
Now fans are anticipating a tour, especially since Chris teased about it last October. Even on stage, the two were engaging in friendly banter about being available for a show in Oakland and West Palm Beach.
In the meantime, as we reported, Chris Rock has started new film project.
*Hopefully this is a sign that things are turning around for DMX.
Via his publicist, Domenick Nati of Nati Celebrity Services, we got a couple of snaps showing X on the set of a new movie production with Chris Rock.
It’s a cameo scene which means DMX plays himself and appears with Chris Rock’s character. And no, the film in not yet titled.
“The scene is comedic which allowed X to show off his versatility as an actor,” says Nati. “X and Rock played well off each other and Rock’s character even gets DMX to lead the inmates in a song.”
“There are more acting roles to come and DMX is also planning on attending the Sundance Film Festival in January,” Nati also said, speaking for his client.