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Chris Rock Says He Could Never Have Gotten ‘Atlanta’ Made When He Was Donald Glover’s Age

He also talked about "Pootie Tang," because why not?

Chris Rock

Chris Rock


During yesterdays’ Dying Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard panel at the Produced by New York conference, Chris Rock offered praise for Donald Glover’s “Atlanta.” He’s far from alone in his adulation, as the FX series has won raves throughout its ongoing first season, though he did offer one unique insight: When he was Glover’s age, he wouldn’t have been able to get the show made. “The world just wasn’t set up for that,” he said. “‘Atlanta’ is so good.”

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Rock also repeated a sentiment he’s shared in the past: In its own way, comedy is more difficult than drama. “I can do ‘Manchester by the Sea,’” he said to Chris Moore, who produced Kenneth Lonergan’s wrenching drama starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams. “But Kenneth can’t do ‘Pootie Tang.'” The comedian, actor and filmmaker, who wrote, directed and starred in 2014’s “Top Five,” offered as evidence of this theory the following scenario: “Take out Sean Connery and put in Clint Eastwood and you’ve got the same movie. Now try that with ‘Talladega Nights’ and Will Ferrell and see what happens. People will get fired.”

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“If you can’t make people you look like laugh, there’s something wrong,” he continued. “Some people aren’t making comedy for me. Like Samantha Bee — ok, this is not for me, this is for a specific group of women.”

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