DETAILS: You got your start doing stand-up at clubs like Catch a Rising Star in Manhattan, alongside Jerry Seinfeld, Andrew Dice Clay, and Colin Quinn. What do you remember about those nights?
Chris Rock: We'd have these superhero arguments, "Who's better: Cosby, Pryor, or Carlin?" That was it. How do you get close to those guys?
DETAILS: Do you think about turning 50?
Chris Rock: A little bit. It's like real estate: You look at comps. Okay, how funny was this person at 50? Who was funny at 50? What were they doing? How can I emulate their lives?
DETAILS: Your buddy Louis C.K. recently sold his stand-up special online for $5, bypassing cable TV
entirely. Is that the future of comedy?
Chris Rock: Every comedian has thought about it. If there's a danger here, it's that you're only famous to your fans. I don't own a Britney Spears record, but I know who Britney Spears is—so there's a chance she'll make money off of me someday.
DETAILS: You're 47 now, and you haven't toured since 2008. If you go back out on the road, what will your act be like?
Chris Rock: I don't know what I'm going to talk about. Years ago, I saw Kill Bill and said to Tarantino, "Dude, why do you wait so long?" He's like, "This fucking masterpiece shit takes time!" I like that it's an event. I like the Rolling Stones model of making shit an event. I learned that from Eddie Murphy.
DETAILS: Do you think Murphy will ever tour again?
Chris Rock: Barring financial ruin, I don't think so. I think we'll see a Richard Pryor hologram on tour before we see Eddie Murphy.
DETAILS: Does it bum you out to see him in less-than-successful films?
Chris Rock: We all do stuff that doesn't work. It bums me out when I'm at his house and he's making a bunch of people laugh and it's so effortless. His Obama impression? Amazing.
DETAILS: You once said in your act, "If you've never contemplated murder, you've never been in love." Do you still believe that?
Chris Rock: Yeah, when somebody is dead, who is the first person the cops look at? They don't go, "Oh boy, what was her uncle doing?"
DETAILS: You were in What to Expect When You're Expecting this summer. Is there a romantic
comedy that encapsulates your own marriage?
Chris Rock: I've been married 15 years. I'd like to be in a Spike Jonze movie. But I live in a Nancy Meyers movie.
DETAILS: What's the secret to making a marriage work?
Chris Rock: I don't know any more than anybody else. You've just gotta want to be there.