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Chris Rock 

When: Feb. 13-15, 8 p.m. 2017
Price: $50-$125
www.dpacnc.com

If comedy is tragedy plus time, that would at least partially account for Chris Rock. A Southern kid who found himself living in a tough NYC neighborhood and bused to a white school where he was routinely terrorized, Rock eventually channeled some of his rage, as well as memories of his preacher grandfather's fiery oratory, into his own monologues. He launched himself into the ranks of the greats with a couple of HBO specials; film roles, Emmys, Grammys, and Oscar-hosting gigs followed. Rock has turned out to be far more diverse than one would have suspected from his three-year turn on SNL, and as much as he excelled as Marty the giraffe in Madagascar, onstage, doing his act, is still the best place to appreciate Chris Rock. Seeing him prowl the DPAC floorboards, summoning his signature incredulity at the sheer craziness of it all, might be just the catharsis you need. —David Klein

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