The Day – Comedian Chris Rock is entertaining, triggered the sale of all the shows in the arena on Friday

In the old days, when Søren Kierkegaard or Arthur Schopenhauer walked the streets, did the citizens know they were among the great thinkers? Were people aware that there were important philosophers among them in real time?

This happened to me on a Friday night at the all-sold-out Mohegan Sun Arena when I was watching and listening to comedian Chris Rock during his layover on the “Ego Death” tour.

why? Because, perhaps unlike Noam Chomsky, I’m not sure I can name a contemporary philosopher.

So I wondered: Are stand-up comedies the real philosophers of our time?

Depending on the comics – I’m not looking to Larry the Cable Guy for an accurate and wise look around the world – I think maybe… yeah.

Rock, for example, has a long history of cleverly (and riotously) addressing the big problems in his routine, mixed liberally with personal and everyday experiences like romance, families, and the annoyances of modern existence (which can also provide life lessons).

Entering the Mohegan Sun Walk of Fame in a private ceremony, and after a video montage of history’s best and most famous comedians, Rock climbed onto the stage dressed in white, chasing back and forth with ground-lit areas casting his giant shadow against a background as simple as the cover of a pulp noir novel.

“First of all, I’m fine!” The 57-year-old said reassuringly with a devilish smile – he immediately spoke of the Oscar night incident when Will Smith slapped him. “I got my hearing back. My implants were put back in. It was rough but I survived.”

That’s all he had to say about Smith, and Rock turned to our eclectic rage and political division in America. He stated that both parties are full of (expletive) and, in a clever look, he blames America’s current problems on Hillary Clinton for clearing her two perfect opportunities to become president.

As for the January 6 Rebellion, Rock, whose face broke into that familiar look of exaggerated and amusing astonishment, exclaimed, “What kind of whites, ‘Planet of the Apes’ (expletive) is this?!” He put the entire responsibility on the misinformation from the right because, otherwise, the hooligans wouldn’t be smart enough to do anything.

Rock insisted that had it not been for an “intense black security guard” leading the rebels in the wrong direction, “Everyone who wears a tie will die that day! Do you think these idiots know who Mitch McConnell is?”

From there, Rock cleverly talked about race with some interesting notes. It has been assumed that Kardashian women curse (have sex with) black men forever as punishment for their father who strays from OJ. He also berated Meghan Markle for complaining about the royal family and found it hard to believe how racist they were.

“Can’t believe they’re racists?!” Rock asked hesitantly. Did you Google (insults)?!

Rock has also reflected on the rich-poor divide, the COVID-19 virus, abortion and children. There was something so funny in comparing his trips to Disney World – first as a poor kid on a three-day trip in an air-conditioned bus, and later as a wealthy celebrity there were no lines or whims that wouldn’t be met. He also noted that “Children are the most unfortunate people on earth; schools are just prisons with milk” – and were divided into more personal areas by the thought of how corrupt his children were.

Rock admitted that he set out to pamper his daughters because he liked the idea of ​​black pampered children. But he wondered if he had gone too far. “My daughters get on a private plane and say—” they whisper in a sniffing tone of disdain—“How old is this plane?!”

The last part seems to have lost momentum. Rock explored the differences between the sexes and some stereotypical demands from each, and while there were wonderful overlapping lines, the material felt standard within the standards of observational comedy.

But is this Rock’s fault? Perhaps I place a lot of responsibility and expectations on his talent and job, which is by definition an artist. Would I have loved hearing his opinion on the continuing horror of gun violence? Yes – but he travels according to a fixed routine that has spent months writing and working out.

Anyway, the rocker—comedian and/or philosopher—made me laugh Friday night. and thought.

Oh, gun violence. The opening of the show was a great comedian named Rick Ingraham. His goal is to insult audience members based on their appearance and their responses to his questions. Four teens up front liked to be targets for most of Ingraham’s 20-minute group. After demonstrating the individual and collective qualities of the young “loser”—they laughed as hard as anyone else—Ingraham declared coolly and brutally, “You guys are lucky to have friends. Otherwise we’ll all die.”

Behind the scenes, Rock, who hates getting up, must have been laughing at his ass.

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