On This Day In Comedy on June 30, 1974, Comedian/Actor, Anthony “Tony” Rock born in NYC, NY
Upon becoming a professional comedian, Tony was chiefly known as Chris Rock’s younger brother. However, that turned around as Tony made a name for himself in a number of projects. At the turn of the century, Rock hosted the game show Can You Tell? for Oprah Winfrey‘s Oh! Oxygen network and was a correspondent for BattleBots on Comedy Central.
Since then he’s made appearances on The Howard Stern Show and The D’Angelo Show; co-starred as Dirk Black on the UPN/CW sitcom All of Us and the Chris Rock sitcom Everybody Hates Chris in the recurring role of uncle Ryan. Tony has also hosted TV One’s, The Funny Spot.
In 2008 Tony starred in his own sketch comedy show called The Tony Rock Project for MyNetworkTV from 2008 to 2009. He starred in Think Like a Man, and hosted Apollo Live on BET. In 2016 Rock took over where many comedy legends left off and hosted the new 21st Century version of Def Comedy Jam – All Def Comedy.
By Darryl “D’Militant” Littleton
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