Chris Rock returns to the stage after ten years of stand-up comedy silence with an hour-long Netflix special called Tamborine, a political and introspective comedy.
'Chris Rock: Tamborine'
Those who want to watch the actor and comedian back on stage since his 2008 Kill the Messenger can head over to Netflix now because Chris Rock: Tamborine is now available on the streaming platform. The special, from director Bo Burnham, covers a wide range of topics from racial issues to relationships where Rock becomes introspective and talks about his marriage. The performance was filmed last fall at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Tamborine is first of two comedy specials reportedly worth $40 million. Rock signed a deal with Netflix for two specials in 2016. No announcement yet on when the second will be available on the streaming service.
The hour-long stand-up special brings a laid-back Rock on stage where he opens his performance with a sensitive topic about racial equality and police brutality. He points out the biased justice system against the communities of color. He suggests that cops try shooting a white kid every so often to prove to the public that they are not a threat to black people.
"I want to live in an equal world ... I want to see white mothers on TV crying ... standing next to Al Sharpton ... talking about, 'We need justice for Chad!'" Rock says, as he paints a picture of a white family grieving over the loss of their son whom the cops shot multiple times while walking home.
Rock may have also raised eyebrows with his stance on the concept of zero tolerance in school bullying. He points out that bullying helps people become tough. It prepares them to face the harsh realities of life.
"School is supposed to prepare you for life. Life has a--holes. And you should learn how to deal with them as soon as possible," he says.
In Tamborine, Rock also suggests that parents raising black boys should start punching them hard in the face before they leave for school. This way, they become prepared or get used to how the world will treat them.
In Chris Rock: Tamborine, the comedian also looks back on his 20-year marriage to Malaak Compton. He says his addiction to pornography and infidelity led to their divorce in 2016. He relates someone being in a relationship to that of a tamborine player who performs with an intensity and shows commitment in a band. Rock closes his Netflix comedy special with a revelation that he uses Tinder for dates and hopefully find another woman whom he can play the commitment tamborine for.