Twenty-six-year-old comic Chris Rock grew up in Brooklyn, got his start in show business performing stand-up in Manhattan, and spent three years on Saturday Night Live. He's appeared in a few films as well, including the recent Beverly Hills Ninja.
Now rock is the star of his own comedy and talk-show series, The Chris Rock Show; it premieres Feb. 7 on HBO.
This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 6, 1997. Note: The conversation contains strong language.