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Oscar Host Chris Rock

Rock will host the 2005 Academy Awards, airing Sunday. The comedian spent time on the cast of Saturday Night Live and In Living Color, and his comedy TV specials include last year's Chris Rock: Never Scared and Chris Rock: Bigger and Blacker. This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 6, 1997.

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Standup comic Bernie Mac

Standup comic Bernie Mac. His sitcom The Bernie Mac Show on the FOX network is loosely based on his own experience when he took care of his sister's three children. It begins its new season on Oct. 30th. This year the show won the prestigious Peabody Award for Broadcast Excellence. Mac has had several HBO specials and was featured in Spike Lee's documentary Kings of Comedy. Mac is also the author of Bernie Mac on How Life Is: I Ain't Scared of You. This interview first aired Nov. 27, 2001.

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From the Archives: Comedian Chris Rock on Black Identity.

Comedian Chris Rock. His HBO show "The Chris Rock Show" just won an Emmy for writing for a Variety or Music Program. Rock grew up in Brooklyn. He got his start in show business performing stand-up comedy routines in Manhattan. He spent three years on "Saturday Night Live" and appeared in a few films, including the recent "Beverly Hills Ninja." (REBROADCAST from 2/6/97)

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09:30

Actor and Comedian Richard Pryor on Living with MS

This week, Pryor was the first recipient of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' award for humor, The Mark Twain Prize. (It will be broadcast on the Comedy Central cable channel Jan 20th). In 1995, he published his story, "Pryor Convictions and Other Life Sentences" A strong man who has overcome such ordeals as a drug addiction, self immolation, and six marriages, Pryor is now battling multiple sclerosis. (REBROADCAST from 5/22/95)

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14:02

Fresh Air Comedy Week: Chris Rock on Rolling with the New.

Comedian Chris Rock. He got his start in show business performing stand-up routines in Manhattan. He spent three years on Saturday Night Live and appeared in a few films including the recent Beverly Hills Ninja. He also had a comedy and talk-show series, "The Chris Rock Show" on HBO. (REBROADCAST from 2/6/97)

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20:57

Comedian Chris Rock on Black Identity

Rock is 26 years-old and grew up in Brooklyn. He got his start in show business performing stand-up comedy routines in Manhattan. He spent three years on "Saturday Night Live" and appeared in a few films, including the recent "Beverly Hills Ninja." He has a new comedy and talk-show series, "The Chris Rock Show," premiering February 7 on HBO.

Interview
13:00

From the Archives: Contemporary Black Hollywood.

Keenan Ivory Wayans. He co-wrote and acted in "Hollywood Shuffle," Robert Townsend's film about a black actor trying to make it in a world of show business stereotypes. He wrote, directed and starred in, "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," a comedy that parodies black exploitation, kung fu and wild action movies. (REBROADCAST FROM 8/9/89)

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