Review: Chris Tucker Live In London
November saw the return of US comedian and actor Chris Tucker at the Hammersmith Apollo. A frequent stand-up act with Def Comedy Jam in the 1990s, I was curious to see whether the 41-year-old still had the ability to get the crowd in fits of laughter. Despite the fact that Tucker has not been in the limelight for a few years, his show quickly sold out…
The show kicked off with two warm up acts; up and coming comedian London Brown, followed by Def Comedy Jam’s Terry Hodges. Both comedians showed character and personality on stage, setting up for Chris Tucker perfectly.
Around 8.30pm, the moment the crowd had been waiting for had arrived. With the help of the DJ, Chris Tucker came dancing on stage to greet his fans. Amongst topics such as family life and religion, the majority of Chris Tucker’s stand-up material was about money.
Formerly known as Hollywood’s highest paid actor for Rush Hour 3, banking $25 million, Tucker reflected on his youth and extravagant purchases he made. Tucker told the audience that at one point he bought two houses next to each other: “I was my own neighbour!” He joked that following the success of his career, family members such as ‘Uncle John’ emerged asking for a helping hand.
Tucker is so animated when telling his stories and his signature high-pitched voice had the crowd in stitches. He then went on to impersonate his high profile friends Bill Clinton and Jackie Chan, reminiscing about taking trips to Africa and Hong Kong with his celebrity pals.
Chris also received a good reception from the audience when he spoke of his friendship with the the King of Pop Michael Jackson. He broke out into a full dance routine, performing MJ’s moves across the stage. His impression of the softly spoken singer was a crowd pleaser, as well as when he joked about seeing giraffes casually walk by in Jackson’s Neverland mansion.
Chris Tucker is definitely back on the map, starring in the new film Silver Linings Playbook with Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro. But ultimately, live stand up is what Tucker does best; the laughs were continuous throughout the show and the crowd certainly appreciated his return.
Words: Melissa Quashie (@MelissaQ21)