US comedian Chris Rock announces first New Zealand tour in nine years

Grammy and Emmy Award winning comedian, actor, director, writer and producer, Chris Rock, will return to New Zealand as part of his highly anticipated all-new tour THE TOTAL BLACKOUT TOUR 2017.

Chris Rock

Chris Rock

This is the acclaimed comedian’s first tour in over 9 years, and it comes to Auckland’s Vector Arena on Saturday 1 July, after completing a multiple arena tour of Australia taking in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

THE TOTAL BLACKOUT TOUR 2017 is currently touring the US to rave reviews with The New York Times praising it as a “compelling” show and The Chicago Tribune calling it “remarkable, fascinating, sad and hilarious, all at once”. The Star Tribune declares Chris Rock to be “one of the sharpest, most polished performers of his generation”, with the Journal Sentinel asserting that “Chris Rock’s ‘Total Blackout’ tour is a brilliant, timely show” and “is the best set of Rock’s career”.

Paul Dainty, President and CEO of TEG Dainty promoted Rock’s 2008 tour of Australasia said today “Chris Rock fans are in for a night of spectacular comedy, Chris is one of the greatest comedians of our time and I am delighted he is touring Australia and New Zealand again.”

Lauded by peers and critics alike, Chris Rock is one of our generation’s strongest comedic voices. As an actor, director, producer and writer he has created many memorable moments.

Rock returned in 2016 to host the 88th Annual Academy Awards. In the past year, he has directed HBO’s comedy special “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo.”

With a career spanning more than three decades, Rock has enjoyed ongoing success in both film and television as a comedian, actor, writer, producer and director.  In 2014 he led the ensemble cast of “Top Five,” a critically acclaimed comedy feature that he also wrote and directed.  In 2009 Rock ventured into the documentary world as a writer and producer of “Good Hair,” and in 2014 he executive produced “Eat Drink Laugh: The Story of the Comic Strip,” a documentary recounting the history of one of New York’s most famous comedy venues.  His feature acting credits include the “Grown Ups” and “Madagascar” franchises, “Head of State,” “Nurse Betty,” “CB4”, “Death at a Funeral,” “I Think I Love My Wife,” “2 Days in New York,” “Dogma” and “New Jack City.”

His television work includes serving as executive producer, writer and narrator for the series “Everybody Hates Chris,” which ran from 2005 to 2009, and as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1989-1993.

Rock has won four Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards and is a New York Times Best-Selling Author. In addition, he received two nominations for the 2016 Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Director for a Variety Special for “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo,” and Outstanding Special Class Program for the 88th Annual Academy Awards.

Chris Rock toured New Zealand and Australia for the very first time in August 2008, 9 years later THE TOTAL BLACKOUT TOUR 2017 will be his second tour of Australasia.

CHRIS ROCK – THE TOTAL BLACKOUT TOUR 2017

AUCKLAND

Saturday 1 July 2017 – Vector Arena – www.ticketmaster.co.nz or 0800 111 999 

Ticket prices start from *$69.90 and go on sale at 10am (local time) Friday 31 March.*Ticket prices include GST, booking fee and transaction fees may apply.

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No cellphones, cameras or recording devices will be allowed at Chris Rock’s Total Blackout Australasian shows.  Upon arrival, all phones and smart watches will be secured in Yondr pouches that will be unlocked at the end of the show. Guests maintain possession of their phones throughout the night, and if needed, may access their phones at designated Yondr unlocking stations in the lobby. All guests are encouraged to print their tickets in advance to ensure a smooth entry process. Anyone caught with a cellphone in the venue will be immediately ejected. We appreciate your cooperation in creating a phone-free viewing experience.  Contact team@overyondr.com with questions or concerns regarding the phone policy.

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