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Chris Rock review – comedy superstar doubles down on sex, race and religion
In the US and elsewhere, Chris Rock’s new show, Total Blackout, has been hailed as the most personal and reflective of his career. “Rock of Ageing” it’s been called: the show in which the superstar comic grieves for his broken marriage and repents of his sins. But what’s on stage at Manchester Arena, where the UK leg of his world tour begins, doesn’t quite fit that bill. True, Rock addresses his recent divorce: the tour, he says, will cover his alimony payments. But whatever regret he might feel doesn’t long detain us, and soon makes way for the usual upbeat humour about race and religion, parenting and the challenges of marital life.