Chris Rock Jokes That He Can't Say Anything 'Offensive and Funny Right Now'
Chris Rock isn’t holding back his thoughts about the current state of comedy.
The comedian was a surprise presenter at the 2019 New York Film Critics Circle Awards on Monday, where he cracked a joke about not being able to say anything controversial.
“If it was five years ago I could say something real offensive and funny right now,” Rock said, “but I can’t do that anymore, so…heyyyy!”
Rock’s comments come at a moment where other comedians have come under fire for offensive jokes, including Kevin Hart.
In the same speech on Monday night, Rock suggested that fellow comedian Steve Martin should be the one to host the Oscars.
“Steve Martin’s here! Steve Martin, you should host the Oscars,” Rock said. “You’re the best. Steve Martin should host the Oscars. Because I’m not doing it, goddammit! You’re not getting me.”
Rock has hosted the Oscars twice, in both 2005 and 2016. Martin has hosted three times, most recently in 2010 with Alec Baldwin.
Roma, a black and white Spanish-language film set in 1970s Mexico City, was named Best Picture at the night’s annual awards, while the film’s director, Gravity‘s Alfonso Cuarón, also won the directing and cinematography prizes.