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Comic Rock woos Vancouver with praise for B.C. bud

shiloh

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Chad Skelton

Vancouver Sun


Chris Rock endeared himself to his Vancouver audience Sunday night by peppering his routine with several Canadian references -- including one to the city's most notorious export.

As he came on stage around 7:30 p.m. for the first of two sold-out shows Sunday, Rock made reference to the "good weed up in Canada."

Later, he criticized America's drug policy -- dismissing the idea that the U.S. government makes drugs illegal because they're dangerous.

"They don't care about your safety. They sell guns in Wal-Mart. ... The reason coke and weed are illegal is because the best coke and weed aren't made in America," Rock said to sustained applause from the audience.

Rock also referred to the recent court cases in Ontario and B.C. making gay marriage legal.

"Is gay marriage legal here?" Rock said. "You [guys] are civilized."

Rock attacked U.S. critics of gay marriage who argue marriage is sacred.

"Gay marriage isn't sacred," Rock said. "Not in a country that has Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire. ... It's legal for Michael Jackson to marry Lisa Marie Presley but Elton John can't marry Richard Simmons? That ain't right."

In an expletive-laden 90-minute routine before a young and ethnically diverse audience, Rock covered everything from affirmative action to President George W. Bush's reasons for attacking Iraq.

"If Iraq is so dangerous, why did it only take two weeks to take it over?" he said. "You couldn't take over Ottawa in two weeks."

Rock said, in many ways, Canada compared favourably to the States.

"The whole country [America] is crazy," he said. "You all got your [stuff] straight here in Canada. ... Arnold Schwarzenegger is the governor of California. What kind of retarded [expletive] [expletive] is that? You aren't going to make Wayne Gretzky the mayor."

And, joking about the supremacy of black men in sports, Rock warned it was only a matter of time before black men dominated Canada's national sport.

"The only reason we don't have hockey is we haven't tried it yet," he said. "As soon as they get a heated hockey rink - it's over."

Rock is one of the most popular comedians working today.

The former Saturday Night Live cast member has won three Emmys, two Grammys and starred in several Hollywood films.

One critic at The New York Times described him as "the funniest and smartest comedian working today."

Since Rock's Black Ambition tour - his first in four years - began in October, it has been selling out across North America.

And Vancouver is no exception.

Both of Rock's shows at the Orpheum on Sunday - at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. - sold out within hours of being announced.

Because of the high demand, Rock has scheduled another show at the Orpheum on Feb. 27. Tickets for that show will go on sale on Friday.

Rock's performance Sunday night was introduced by comedian Mario Joyner, who has appeared in several movies with Rock, including Head of State.

© Copyright 2004 Vancouver Sun


oh man i love chris rock! :D
 

LivingRoomPornstar

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Sometimes I think there's a whole lot of Jungle Fever goin' on between him and Michael Moore.

Their love child would be one badass motherfuggin' activist.
 
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Klubmasta Will

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wayne gretzky could easily become the mayor, the premier and maybe even the prime minister if he so desired. it's a silly comparison, actually. we don't laugh at governer arnie because he's famous; we laugh at him because he's a big dumb mook. (by contrast, gretzky's pretty sharp.)

how the hell did chris rock win grammys? do they give grammys for stand-up comedy albums?

good for him for canadianizing his routine. it makes us feel special to know that a famous american knows so much about us. :p

bette midler apparently did the same thing a the ACC yesterday by mentioning the barrie pot bust.
 

OhNo!

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that show was awesome @ massey hall,love rock since 'im gonna git you sucka',does anyone know when 'Black Ambition' will be released on dvd?
 

Ditto Much

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To be honest I was more impressed with Rock before he went on Politically Incorrect. I respect the time and effort he puts into building and testing his stage show but when in a live circumstance where he isn't in full control of the content he is actually nowhere near as strong.


As an aside I find very few Americans who spend any length of time in Canada and don't come home with some new opinions. Generally I have found most of the contractors who spend a couple of months here gain a very good opinion of us.

Many of the things that Michael Moore pointed out in bowling come across, but often I find the following.

1) People have a much more laid back attitude
2) There isn't as much anger
3) American patriotism is just as offensive to the average American as to the average Canadian
4) Our life styles seem to be more honest

There are a couple of things about the US that I think people overlook but are beautiful qualities.

1) People are more accepting of alternative lifestyles
2) People are much more willing to take a chance, and to take a chance on somebody
3) To sit around a room with a dozen people and have a beer the vast majority don't want to talk about politics or about the economy, relax time is relax time and they keep a fairly strong separation between the two.


I think its unfortunate that the USA is represented by CNN, its some very bad PR. I have never had a problem buying good pot anywhere in the USA, much of it is growing in Kansas. I have never had a problem with religious nut jobs, I have never been threatened with a weapon. I have never been threatened by a gang, and I have walked through Oakland. Visiting Manhattan I found people to be more honest than in Toronto, I also found that they were much more open.

In Boston I found that people weren't so cliquey about age, I found that in meetings many of the more emphasized members of teams were actually very young and were appreciated for there talent. The vast majority of Americans I met in LA were more concerned with making sure I tried the "coolest drink" than they were about who paid for the rounds.

I noticed that for Americans to throw change into a guitar case in the subway is much more common than for Canadians, I found them to be very generous, I also found them to be very honest.




But our bud is definitely better!
 
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Lil'Timmy

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I've seen Carlin twice in 2 years. Last year he was at Hamilton, and this year he was Roy Thompson hall on Dec 12th (my bday)

He is a genius, its just that the act was the same, so I didn't get into it much this time
 

Eclectic

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Originally posted by Ditto Much
I really want to see him live!!
Saw him when he came through here in December......he was weak.

He needs new material.....I'd hear half his routine already.
 
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Caz

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Originally posted by Klubmasta Will
wayne gretzky could easily become the mayor, the premier and maybe even the prime minister if he so desired. it's a silly comparison, actually. we don't laugh at governer arnie because he's famous; we laugh at him because he's a big dumb mook. (by contrast, gretzky's pretty sharp.)

how the hell did chris rock win grammys? do they give grammys for stand-up comedy albums?

good for him for canadianizing his routine. it makes us feel special to know that a famous american knows so much about us. :p

bette midler apparently did the same thing a the ACC yesterday by mentioning the barrie pot bust.
have you ever heard greztky speak? he sounds like BULL from Night Court, only twice as slow
 

laser_racer

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We know the bud in B.C is the best in the world. So can performing celebrities please stop trying to win over our hearts by stating the obvious.
Thom Yorke did it when radiohead played this summer and the crowd went wild, but I also heard some people state that they thought he was just trying to get cheap love from his audience, and i have to agree.
And you know, not all of us in B.C are pot smokers so not all of us give a damn.
 

IgStar

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is Chad Skelton the dude who wrote this?

I went to school with a Chad Skelton....hrmmm. nah....

kay, continue.
 

junglegirl

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Originally posted by Eclectic
Saw him when he came through here in December......he was weak.

He needs new material.....I'd hear half his routine already.
yeah i saw him when he was in hamilton - I hadnt heard the stuff before but now he needs new stuff cuz i hear his stuff repeated all the time

He is one of the greats though :)

Dane Cook is my favorite though - and Dave Chappelle is hilarious too :)
 
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Bumbaclat

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What is it that makes BC Bud so good? Don't'get me wrong, I think it's the second best in the world... but why? Is it just that all the best growers setup shop out there? Urban Legend from high school - the weed is grown at great altitude... which greatly improves the quality.

so what is it?

Bumbaclat
 

Klubmasta Will

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Originally posted by laser_racer
We know the bud in B.C is the best in the world. So can performing celebrities please stop trying to win over our hearts by stating the obvious.
Thom Yorke did it when radiohead played this summer and the crowd went wild, but I also heard some people state that they thought he was just trying to get cheap love from his audience, and i have to agree.
like i said in my first post, canadians go crazy whenever any famous person demonstrates that he/she knows anything about canada.

bono can say the words "queen street" and the crowd will go nuts.

they're playing to our country's insecurities.
 

laser_racer

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Originally posted by Bumbaclat
Amsterdam is better.
I think we could argue this forever. Depends on the strain you smoke and the kind of high you are looking for. You like Macintosh apples and i like Golden delicious.

How much pot is really grown in Amsterdam? Honestly i don't know, they have lenient laws and therefore can import and grow high quality strains to sell in the coffee shops . In B.C entire townships are based around the production of pot. It is a very big and lucrative business here. i'd bet you that some of that high quality herb found in the coffee shops in Amsterdam has come from BC seeds and clippings.
 
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