Shows: Com­edy ca­pers with Chris Tucker ..........................

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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

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