Shows: Comedy capers with Chris Tucker ..........................
YOU can take the comic off the stage and squeeze him into movies. You can pay him truckloads of cash as those movies rake in squillions. But you can’t keep him away from that microphone. It’s what he does. And Chris Tucker is no exception. The US comic is back on the road and, for the first time, in Australia with his stand-up show. Tucker, who launched his eight-show tour at The Plenary, in Melbourne on Tuesday night, lands in Queensland today ahead of shows in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. Best known for his work alongside Jackie Chan in the
Rush Hour movies, Tucker was pretty quiet on the film front during the noughties, racking up two movie appearances – 2001’s Rush Hour 2 and 2007’s Rush
Hour 3. However, they were lucrative efforts, with a $20 million pay cheque for the second in the franchise, followed by $25 million for Rush Hour 3. Not bad work.
Before he made the move into movies during the 1990s, Tucker was a stand-up comedian, something he’s returned to in earnest in the past few years during his time away from the silver screen. The exception, of course, was his well-received turn in last year’s Silver Linings Playbook, the film that produced an Oscar for Jennifer Lawrence and also starred Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper and Jackie Weaver.
‘‘People might not know this but I’ve been busy working,’’ Tucker says.
‘‘I went back to stand-up about six years ago and have been touring for the last few years in the States and now we’re taking it international.’’
His show should be a cracker – a recent review of a gig in the US city of Milwaukee lauded his mimicry, childhood stories and acting abilities, concluding that stand-up was ‘‘the role he was born to play’’.
Renowned for exceptionally ‘‘clean’’, non-vulgar standup routines (his shows are all-ages), Tucker will be joined by fellow funnyman Terry Hodges, who has made a name for himself with an irreverent and astute brand of humour.
Hodges has toured the US and internationally as a comedy host with everyone from Luther Vandross to Patti Labelle, Anita Baker, Boys to Men and Frankie Beverly.
Chris Tucker and Terry Hodges play the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre tonight (tickets available) and Jupiters Hotel & Casino tomorrow night (sold out).
US comedian Chris Tucker in Melbourne during the first show of his tour