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By the late 1960s, though, he changed his appearance, with longer hair and a beard, as well as his routines. His most famous routine, “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” appeared on his 1972 comedy album Class Clown. Carlin’s first HBO special was shown in 1977, and he continued doing HBO specials every year or two into the early 1990s. L. Hughley and Margaret Cho, two rising comedy stars. Winning the award meant a lot to Rock; he had never won anything before. Critics and fans alike loved the show.

Rock says the worst thing about them is that they love to not know—to be ignorant. This group, in turn, ruins opportunities for all other black people, who are just trying to make a life for themselves. In Bring the Pain, Rock also talks about race relations between whites and blacks, including the unlikelihood of a black person’s ever becoming president. He jokes: Colin Powell can’t win. Colin Powell has a better chance of winning the bronze in female gymnastics.... White people aren’t voting for Colin Powell.

LeRoi had grown up watching primarily white comedians like Dick Van Dyke, Carol Burnett, and George Carlin on television. The duo of Rock and LeRoi made a strong writing team. Rock threw out bits and pieces of inspired ideas, and LeRoi 39 40 CHRIS ROCK would sort out those thoughts and turn them into a cohesive comedy routine or sketch. “He knows how to find the gold in the dirt,” Rock said about LeRoi. Together, they were able to produce high-quality, fast-paced humor, which was exactly what The Chris Rock Show aimed to generate.

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