Thursday, July 25, 2024

Exclusive: Chris Rock Tries Out Oscars Routine at Local Hollywood Comedy Club, Will Open Academy Awards with Steve Martin


Fans at the Comedy Club on Sunset Boulevard got a nice treat last night. Chris Rock showed up as a surprise guest early in the evening to try out some new material. He reportedly told the crowd that he’s opening tonight’s Oscars show on ABC with Steven Martin. The crowd ate it up.

It’s unknown whether their routine will send up the nominated movies or the stars in the audience. No doubt it’s funny, whatever it is. Martin, of course, has hosted the Oscars before– by himself, and one year, for some reason, with Alec Baldwin. Chris hosted solo in 2016. I don’t know why they’re not hosting tonight but they’re just opening the show.

The big cliffhanger will be to see whether or not Netflix has won any Oscars after spending a reported $100 million in promotion and marketing. They’re supposedly going to win two: one for Laura Dern in “Marriage Story” and another for the documentary “American Factory.” When each of those categories is called, the producers should play soap opera organ music as the envelopes are opened.

Other highlights of tonight’s show will be all the musical numbers, including Elton John performing his nominated song, “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” and Billie Eilish singing over the In Memoriam segment. Of course, the cliffhanger there is who will be left out. In New York, friends of the late Sylvia Miles are crossing their fingers the twice nominated actress made the final cut.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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