CHRIS TUCKER'S Stand-Up Comedy Show: The Role That Suits Him Best
On 09 March 2013
We probably all remember Chris Tucker’s performance in the Rush Hour sequel: funny jokes and a squeaky voice. Why he would give up his acting career at the peak of his popularity after earning $45 million, only he can understand. He mentioned however, that the roles he was offered didn't make him happy and turned out to be a good chance to exploit his other talent, of a stand-up comedian.
Tucker's 90-minute stand-up set Friday at the Riverside Theater in front of a sold-out crowd was a huge success. Although he took a risk by talking about his wealth and tax problems (in 2010 he owed $11 million to the IRS) to some people who paid between $40 and $60 for a ticket, the crowd actually liked his self-mocking approach. Tucker talked about his exaggerated spending habits: "I bought two houses right next to each other, I was my own next door neighbor" and his childhood.
Impersonating other people is an ace is Tucker’s sleeve when it comes to making people laugh. In the blink of an eye Chris Tucker moved from being his precocious childhood self, his melodramatic uncle or his mother, quickly switching personas through an impeccable shift of body language. His relatives weren't the only “people” in the show: President Obama was also impersonated by Tucker, and even though his take on Obama didn't sound like him, the walk certainly drew some loud laughs. He also passed himself off as Bill Clinton, Michael Jackson singing, and, surprisingly 50 CENT singing “In Da Club”.
All in all, it was a great night and a great stand-up comedy show, probably because it’s pretty obvious Chis Tucker was born to play the role of a stand-up comedian. One of the funniest moments of the night was a dispute Chris Tucker noticed over a front-row seat, which he tried to resolve by suggesting “Can’t you seat in his lap?” The crowd really had a blast when he said “Here’s comes Judge Mathis” as someone was approaching to solve the dispute.
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