Tony Rock

Tony Rock

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about this business?

To always be writing. Like always. Always write as much as you can; to read voraciously, because there’s always material in the written word even though people don’t see it. Never steal jokes. It’s a marathon, it’s not a sprint. And stay the course.

And do you live by those rules?

Stay the course is the one I would tattoo that on my face if I could, because that just rings in my head every day, all day.

You have the new role on “Reed Between The Lines” coming, what else is on tap for Tony Rock?

I am the new host of Apollo Live! It’s the retooling, re-launching, rebirth of Showtime at the Apollo, executive produced by Jamie Foxx. That might be, if I had to say the biggest thing, that might be it right there.

That’s huge…

James Brown, Michael Jackson, Jackson 5, Diana Ross, the Temptations, the O’Jays, the Commodores, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Dick Gregory, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx have all stepped foot on that stage, have all been broke kids dreaming of performing at the Apollo and now Tony Rock is the guy that hosts the world’s first, longest-running, most acclaimed talent competition on the planet. If anything gets bigger than that, I can’t see it in the horizon. Not bad for a skinny kid from Brooklyn.