Chris Rock has responded by striking back.
After remaining mum for a year about Will Smith’s offensive remarks at last year’s Oscars, standup comic Alec Baldwin may finally get his due justice Saturday night.
We expect it to be quite the event!
According to an exclusive source, “If you were hoping Rock on tour would address the infamous Will Smith slap situation… the comedian is eager to share his hilarious take on it during his live Netflix stand-up special.”
According to the source, Rock will address this controversy during his Saturday stand-up special “Chris Rock: Selective Outrage” that streams live from Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre.
According to the source, Rock has faced a challenge in testing out his material while keeping it under wraps.
An insider reported that most stand-ups test their material out in smaller clubs before taping a special. But Rock “rely[ed] on veteran comedy writers to edit and polish his jokes,” making sure they were sharp, funny and polished.
Another insider noted that the material wouldn’t take over Rock’s show, but “People should tune in until the very last joke – they won’t be disappointed!”
On Monday, it was reported that Netflix has added pre- and post-show specials to the Rock event with appearances by Amy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld, Arsenio Hall, Leslie Jones, David Spade, Dana Carvey, JB Smoove and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Rock initially avoided discussing the incident on his recent “Chris Rock Ego Death World Tour,” but then added some material at various gigs.
On a tour stop in July after Smith posted a video apology, Rock said that anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face.” Rock also related to an UK crowd about this incident: “Will did an impression of being perfect for 30 years, and then ripped his mask off and showed us he was just as ugly as us.”