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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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Chris Rock performs at Laughter Is The Best Medecine II: The Comedy Gala at Allstream Centre on September 27, 2014 in Toronto, Canada.

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Chris Rock hasn’t put out a special since 2008, but in a way, it hardly matters: He's one of the best comics in history because he found a way to not only infiltrate fans' heads but take up permanent residency there. Rock's provocative jokes, the rat-a-tat cadence, that gravelly preacher's bark, his disbelieving squeal, the panther-like stage prowl and the hip-hop inspired mic drop are immediately accessible to those who love him — and maybe even more for those few that hate him. The man may be on his way to becoming a film auteur with the release of his new Top Five, but his legendary shows still loom large.

It's impossible to whittle down 30 years worth of a steady stand-up career and his impressive body of work — but if we had to choose Rock's best onstage riffs and rants, these would be our favorite 10 bits:

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