Inside Chris Rock's Oscar Prep

Chris Rock, like most great comedians, makes it look easy. Of course, making millions of people laugh while tackling subjects like race is anything but.

His work is tightly edited and thoroughly practiced. Here's a peek at his preparation from an article in the Washington Post:

Here’s an amazing thing about Chris Rock’s most-eagerly-awaited-monologue-on-Earth: Turns out the comedian showed up about 10 times over the last two weeks at the famed Comedy Store in West Hollywood to work through his material.

“He really trimmed the fat and made it real lean,” said [Comedy Store booker] Eget. “There were some, even after day four, he’d say, ‘I’m not going to be able to do this joke.’ But then, you’d hear him do it again and he’d have tweaked a word or two."

If your work is hard, don't worry. It's supposed to be.

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