Comedian Chris Rock spent several seasons on Saturday Night Live, and this compilation tape of his best moments showcases his considerable talents while unintentionally highlighting how uneven the show itself is. Even in a... more » video selected to showcase Rock alone, he is all too often mired as the second or third banana in an SNL skit. But there are, thankfully, plenty of opportunities in this video for Rock to shine without being upstaged by other performers or left adrift by limp writing. When he appears behind the "Weekend Update" desk to deliver an editorial commentary or a news report, Rock put his considerable skills as a comedian to perfect use. In the skits where the focus is on him, he proves himself to be adept at characterizations, such as when he dons a colossal Afro wig to become radical talk show host Nat X, host of "The Dark Side." One peculiar surprise about the video: some of the language in "Def Jam" parodies that was bleeped out for the broadcast of SNL is here presented uncensored, so while this is Chris Rock delivering perhaps his cleanest material, a few choice words are nonetheless delivered loud and clear.« less
"You Don't Think There's a @#$&$! Rabbit In This Hat?!"
anthony nasti | 02/22/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Woohoo! This is too funny! I have allways loved SNL, but this is in the tie of the third funniest SNL videos(and there's a bunch of SNL videos!). There are many memorable lines like "You bickering, name calling caller item putting awayer." or "Bite me, bite me hard. Lick my blood."(that wasn't said by Chris but it's funny. OR one of the funniest of the Chris Rock sayings "You don't think there's a @#$&$! rabbit in this hat?! See there is a @#$&$! rabbit in this hat!". Also "My turkey needs no salt!" and the hilarious stand up from the comedian himself! The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because sometimes it gets too gross when it doesn't have to be."
Good, But My Least Favorite "SNL" DVD
anthony nasti | Brooklyn, NY United States | 02/29/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Chris Rock was one of the freshest, rawest comedians in "Saturday Night Live" history. Skits like "The Dark Side With Nat X", "2 Live Crew", "The Proud Pattersons" and his monologues showcase his unique flair for "urban humor". This dvd tries its best to include Rock's best moments, but unfortuneately, it caught in the muck and myer along the way.There are about one or two things wrong with this dvd that do not make it live up to the superior retrospectives put together for Dana Carvey, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, and Adam Sandler. First up, skits like "I'm Chillin'" and "Big Toe Song" are rather pointless (the latter disgusting) and forgettable. Second, some of the best skits feature Rock as a second banana rather than the main focus. These happen to include my two favorite sketches, "The Bensonhurst Dating Game" and "The Sinatra Group". In the former, he is bested by host Joe Pesci and fellow "SNL" heavyweights Adam Sandler and Dana Carvey. In the latter, he plays Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew in a debate group led by Frank Sinatra, played by the superb Phil Hartman.Overall, not too bad a dvd, but it could've been so much more."
Could've Been Better
Anthony Nasti | Staten island New York | 07/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As one of "Saturday Night Live's"most famous comedians, Chris Rock created a long line of classic characters and impressions in his 3 years on the show. But many of them are missing. A few recurring sketches are here, but they are from when he hosted the show. A lot of this dvd's best sketches have Rock as a second and even third banana. For instnace, in the "Sinatra Group" sketch (this one's my favorite), his role as 2 Live Crew star is sadly limited, as Phil Hartman shines as Frank Sinatra (though to be fair, Sinatra is supposed to be the main focus). The other Luther Campbell sketch is funny, with Phil Hartman, Mike Myers and Jan Hooks, Dana Carvey and that "Twi Peaks" guy throwing song ideas at him left and right, much to his dismay. Another thing is that even when Rock is the main focus, another character outshines him. For instance, in "The Bensonhurts Dating Game", Rock's the main focus, but Joe Pesci gets the best lines. A sad waste of talent. The extras are better. There's another one of his hiarious "Weekend Update" commentaries, plus a better "Nat X" sketch that is from 1990, back when the show was in its prime. This is proabably the least enjoyable "SNL" dvd ever. Chris Rock is another player who deserves a volume 2."
Average At Best
Anthony Nasti | Staten Island, New York United States | 03/27/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Even though he was a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" for only three years, Chris Rock gave the show enough great moments to give him a comprehensive collection of his best material. Wrong.
Like "The Best Of Tracy Morgan", this dvd basically focuses on Rock's most famous characters (he only had 5). And like that other best - off, the producers opt for any random sketch featuring these charcters, which means that the Nat X and "I'm Chillin'" sketches are not the funniest ones he ever did. In fact, both of them are from when he hosted, which means they are nowhere near as good as when he was a castmember. (They also don't icnlude the two very funny charcters Chris Farley played in these bits). The funniest sketches on the dvd, "The Bensonhurst Dating Game" and "The Sinatra Group" are hilarious but don't feature Rock in a starring role. In the first one, Rock plays the straight man while being the butt of racial jokes made by Joe Pesci, Adam Sandler and Dana Carvey. And in "The Sinatra Group", Phil Hartman is the star while Rock sits silent except for a few seconds. The only true standout sketches are the "Update" commentaries. They are hilarious.
What makes this dvd all the more disappointing is that a lot of stuff is missing from the dvd. Where is his Michael Jackson and Arsenio Hall impressions? Where's Buster Jenkins? The bonus bits are much funnier than a lot of the sketches on the dvd, especially the Nat X bit.
A very disappointing look back at Rock's work. Hopefully he will get a much better volume two of his best work. "
Not as good as his stand-up
Luke Thompson | London, UK | 11/20/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Saturday Night Live is a GOLD MINE of comic material. What a great American institution. There must be hundreds of hours of classic comedy footage of great comedians on the show. Why then do the selectors of these 'Best Of' DVDs seem so sloppy and careless when it comes to choosing sketches? This DVD is a good example. Most of the material here is very average, even though much funnier Chris Rock SNL material was recorded. Apparently Chris Rock starred in more sketches that were a lot funnier than these, but they don't appear on the DVD. Instead we get a badly chosen selection that doesn't present Rock's best work on the show. The best bits of the DVD are the parts that closely resemble Rock's best medium - Stand Up. There are his introductions from when he hosted the show where he uses material from his Bigger & Blacker tour - but because this was on SNL the material is watered down and lacks the PUNCH of his proper live shows. Rock is at his best doing very honest, raw stand-up, so unless you are a die hard fan of his SNL contributions and you don't mind dissapointment, I'd give this a miss. Go for his stand-up comedy DVDs instead."