Comedian, Actor, Producer, Writer, CEO. Professionally, this man wears many hats. Host of Russell Simmons’ “All Def Comedy Live” AND the newly revamped legendary talent competition “Apollo Live”, comedian and actor Tony Rock continues to prove his exceptional star talents. Rock starred in critically acclaimed, straight to DVD films “C’mon Man” & “The Redemption of a Dog,” all while still having time to make a cameo in box office hits like “Think Like a Man,” TV appearances on BET’s “Real Househusbands of Hollywood”, “Let’s Stay Together”, and co-headlining two nationwide comedy tours: “The Standing Ovation Comedy Tour” and his own “Rock The Mic Comedy Tour”
Born in the same Brooklyn New York Hospital where most of his seven brothers and two sisters found their way into the world, Tony Rock, not to be confused with his favorite wrestler, was born laughing. Being the fourth child, of Rose Rock and Julius Rock, Tony had a natural knack for entertaining. Decatur Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, where he grew up, was one of the toughest that New York had to offer. It also provided a host of rich characters on which to draw. Now residing in Los Angeles, Tony has taken Hollywood by storm.
Being the brother of arguably one of the greatest comics ever isn’t easy, but Tony was able to successfully elude the shadows of his older sibling and step into his own limelight. Tony has proven himself as one of the most talented, well-respected entertainers in the business. After more than 15 years of experience, Tony has proven himself as a skillful comedian, actor, and executive producer.
In June 2003, Tony landed the Jada Pinkett Smith/Will Smith pilot for UPN “All of Us” (2003- 2007) and appeared as a recurring character in the TV hit series “Everybody Hates Chris” (2008-2009). Tony also found comfort on the big screen, playing roles in movies such as Will Smith’s, “Hitch” (2005/I), “Three Can Play That Game” alongside Vivica A. Fox, and “Life Support” with veteran entertainer Queen Latifah. Tony stepped into the role as executive producer on projects such as The Funny Spot (2008) and The Tony Rock Project (2008), both of which he also served as host.
Tony has since then gained a domestic and even international presence; performing in major metropolitan cities and small towns between the east coast, which he represents proudly, and the west coast, where he takes advantage of the Hollywood lifestyle. When in New York, he is a regular at the Gotham Comedy Club, The Comic Strip and the Comedy Cellar and when in Los Angeles, he is a regular at the Improv and Laugh Factory, as well as the current host of Russell Simmons, “All Def Comedy Live” in Hollywood.
Outside of the lights-camera-action, Tony works tirelessly as the founder of the MyROCK Diabetes Foundation, a charity organization established in honor of his late father, Julius. For more information please visit www.tonyrockcomedy.com