Chris Rock turned his messy expensive divorce from his wife of 18 years Malaak Compton-Rock into a stand-up tour, the Total Blackout tour. Chris recently talked to Rolling Stone about the TB tour and he still sounds a little bitter about his divorce. More bitter than I imagine how he’ll feel if Adam Sandler convinces him to do a Grown Ups 3.
The Total Blackout tour was filmed for his first of two $40 million stand-up specials for Netflix. It was kind of Netflix to come through with that much money, because Chris Rock spends some time complaining during the TB tour and to Rolling Stone about how much money he has to pay to his ex-wife. He also gets self-reflective and talks about what lead to their split. Namely, the fact that he thought his millions of dollars gave him an all-access pass to do strange vagina.
He waits until about two-thirds through the show before hitting his divorce. He is more introspective. “I was a piece of shit.”
Rock mentions in his act that he thought he could get away with bad behavior in his marriage because he was the famous breadwinner. He now knows the opposite is true. “That’s bullshit,” he says, rolling his eyes. “That actually goes the other way. My faults are magnified. Your significant other, if they really love you, has a high opinion of you. And you let them down.”
Rock admits that he has toned down the marriage part to keep the peace and not be a dick. “It’s not fair,” he says. “I have a mic, she doesn’t. God forbid people are bugging her in the supermarket. That’s not cool. I’m going to have to see her at weddings and graduations.”
Chris admits during his set that he slept with “only three women” during his last tour. Right now Chris Rock is dating Megalyn Echikunwoke from Arrow. He says it’s “amazing” because “she’s got her own dough.”
I’m still not sure how Chris Rock thought it was ok to cheat on his wife just because he was rich and famous. Like, I get it; you’re a famous Hollywood person and it’s practically a rule written on the first page of the handbook that you’re going to get that itch. But nobody told him it might be a bad idea? Especially since it could end in an expensive divorce, which it did. Chris Rock must not have had the stereotypical cartoon angel and devil on his shoulders to weigh out the pros and cons of his decision. I’m guessing instead he had a little cartoon Uncle Pennybags blowing cigar smoke and flipping through a stack of cash on one side while a cartoon boner cheered “Go for it, buddy!” on the other.
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