Chris Rock's 10 Best Stand-Up Routines

We look back at the most hilarious, heated and how-did-he-get-away-with-that bits from the comedian and director of 'Top Five'

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1. Black People vs. N----s

The bit from Bring the Pain that brought Rock into the comedic hall of fame is a biting and divisive routine that finds the comedian tap-dancing through a minefield. "There's black people, and there's n----s...and n----s have got to go." Other than just ruining life for black people, Rock says, the offenders "will brag about some shit a normal man just does… ‘I ain't never been to jail.' What do you want, a cookie? You're not supposed to go to jail, you low-expectation-having motherfucker!" There are a number of amazing bits in Rock's breakthrough special, but this was the one that put him within spitting distance of Richard Pryor — a cutting piece of social commentary that pushed the envelope, confirmed Rock was the perfect comic for our cultural moment and got a helluva lot of people in trouble around the office watercooler the next day.

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