Christopher Julius Rock III (born February 7, 1966) is an Emmy and Grammy Award-winning American comedian, actor, screenwriter,television producer, film producer and director. He was described by Comedy Central as the fifth greatest stand-up comedian of all time.
He starred in his first HBO comedy special in 1994 titled Big Ass Jokes. But it was his second stand-up special, 1996's Bring the Pain, that reinvented Rock as one of the best comedians in the industry. His routine, which featured commentaries on race in America, stirred up a great deal of controversy. Rock won two Emmy Awards for that special.