Comedian Chris Rock took a guest spot on Marc Maron’s podcast WTF that was aired on November 3. The 80-minute show covered a lot of aspects of Rock’s career, especially his decision to leave Saturday Night Live.
Rock left SNL in 1993 to join the cast of In Living Color, which was still pretty new then. “The culture’s changing,” explained Rock, “And I’m not a part of it. This shit is getting hip. This shit is getting blacker. This shit is getting fucking rappier. SNL is still a pretty white show. When I got hired I was the first black guy in like eight years— and In Living Color was just hip. The shit was hot. I wanted to be in an environment where I didn’t have to translate the comedy I wanted to do.”
He also mentioned that he didn’t feel all that comfortable doing certain things on SNL. It felt odd to him being the only black guy on the show. Although, Rock assured the listeners that the staff and actors on SNL were always nice and he was friends with everyone there.
You can hear the whole episode with Chris Rock on iTunes or wtfpod.com
Check out some standup from Rock here, courtesy of YouTube:
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