Chris Rock paid a visit to the show to promote BOTH movies he has premiering this weekend -- "The Longest Yard" and "Madagascar". Before Chris even got to the couch, Howard asked if he was keeping his daughters (they're 1 and 3) "off the pole," referring to an old routine of Chris'. He said he was and asked Howard about his daughters. Howard said his girls were far from the pole. Howard had heard there was a rumor that Chris had been approached to take over his show when he leaves for SIRIUS and he wanted to know if it was true. Chris said it wasn't, but that he does get offers like that all the time. He also said he has no interest in working every day. Howard knew that was true because Chris' publicist had tried to get his appearance this morning pushed from 7:30 to 8:30 so Chris could sleep later. Howard said they couldn't move him though because they had Juliette Lewis coming in then. Howard wanted to know if he had been right that Chris wouldn't like hosting the Academy Awards. Chris said it went ok, but it was a lot of risk for not much reward. He did say though, that the international recognition he got from it has been great and he feels he can now tour the world because of it. So, over all it was worth it.
Rock Doubles Down
Howard asked if Chris thought his new film "The Longest Yard" was worth seeing and Chris said, emphatically, yes. Howard thought it was a bit of stretch seeing Adam Sandler in Burt Reynold's original role as the tough guy quarterback and tried to get Chris to admit it too. However, Chris stuck to his guns and said it was a great movie. Gary even said he had seen a scene in which Sandler catches a guard's nightstick before he could hit him and didn't think it was believable. Chris would not allow any Sandler bashing though and remarked at how great the reviews have been. Howard asked Chris to make a prediction for the first weekend's sales and Chris said $50 million. He also told Howard to take his girlfriend and go see this movie because he will love it. It's the best Sandler AND the best Rock movie ever. Chris also has an animated movie coming out this weekend called "Madagascar" about a bunch of animals in the zoo. In this movie, Chris is the voice of a zebra named Marty. Chris said it only took him 15 days to do his part for the movie and he was only paid scale for it. Howard was shocked and demanded to know who his agent was. Chris said the real money to be made on animated films is on the sequels. Gary thought "Madagascar" would be huge based on everything he's heard about it, so Chris is probably right on this one. Howard couldn't understand the need for famous voices for animated films and Gary said it makes it better for the parents. He said he'd much rather take his kids to see a movie like "Madagascar" knowing Rock is in it than to one with unknown voices. Howard just wanted to know why nobody wanted to use his voice for any movies.
Howard wanted to know what Chris knew of Dave Chappelle's situation. Chris thought it was funny that Howard just assumed he knew every black comedian, although he does know Dave - pretty well. He said he hasn't heard from Dave since the stories about him taking some time off in South Africa first emerged. Chris said he and Dave had talked a few months ago about going on tour together and he seemed ok then. Howard offered his opinion that Dave simply wasn't prepared for the success of the "Chappelle Show" and need some time to chill out. Howard also wanted to know what Chris thought of his alma mater, "Saturday Night Live" but all Chris would say was that he hasn't watched it in a few years so he couldn't say how good it was.
The King of Bling
Chris still lives in a nice big house in New Jersey where he has a great view of Manhattan. Howard wanted to know all about the help he and his wife had working for them and Chris said they just had one Trinidadian woman who lived with them and helped take care of their young kids, (and no, she did not wear a uniform). Chris said he spends a lot of time at home in his basement watching porn and Howard said he could help him with that. Howard knows a lot about electronic locks and such to help those kinds of activities. King of all Blacks called to say he knows Chris' house and said it was huge. Then King started talking about his new Infiniti QX56 SUV with the lemon leather interior, the 22 inch rims AND the Kohler and Moen faucets in his house -- all the things that make him the king. King also explained that it helps to live in a white neighborhood and that he calls the cops anytime he sees any black guys walking around where he lives. Robin wanted to know if that included him and his friends. King laughed and said he makes his friends park in his driveway and use the back door to avoid these problems.