Chris Rock to Charlie Rose: "Black people laugh better than white people"

Rock has a candid conversation on comedy, race and making "Top Five"

Published December 12, 2014 5:08PM (EST)

Chris Rock           (AP/Victoria Will)
Chris Rock (AP/Victoria Will)

Chris Rock's movie "Top Five," which he wrote, directed and starred in premieres Dec. 12. Prior to the movie's release Rock sat down for an interview with Charlie Rose; the conversation aired on Thursday night.

The interview was far more revealing than his somewhat tame Twitter Q&A, and more in line with his candid conversations with New York, Grantland and Rolling Stone. Rose and Rock discussed the different pressures placed on black actors, the state of comedy in the U.S. and why he requests all black audiences for his HBO specials. Clips from the interview are below:

On black audiences vs. white audiences:

On comedians not being taken seriously in the U.S.:

On being famous as a black man:

On making a "Chris Rock" movie:

For transcripts, please feel free to reach out.

By Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email

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