Inspirational Quotes from Tony Rock

By | February 3, 2016

You can live with diabetes. It’s not the worst thing to have, but you have to manage yourself and have some self control.

Tony Rock

I love to eat. I’m a foodie, and when I’m on vacation, I want to be a foodie with their culture, with their foods.

Tony Rock

My favorite comics are the ones who say funny stuff but also give you the message. They give you the laughter, but there’s also the, ‘Mmm – I didn’t take that into consideration.’

Tony Rock

I keep saying this – and I keep putting it off because I get busy – but I keep saying one year I’m gonna tape our Thanksgiving dinner or, like, our Christmas dinner and maybe put it on my website just for people to see how funny it really is, how much fun it really, really is.

Tony Rock

Mexicans work so hard. Jamaicans are like, ‘Hey mon. Take it easy. You work too ‘ard.’ Sneak into the country Sunday night, working Monday morning.

Tony Rock

Every day of my life is a dream goal.

Tony Rock

Regular people laugh harder. Industry people are stuffy, very judgmental.

Tony Rock

I talk to the audience like I talk to my friends on the stoop.

Tony Rock

I went to a wedding in St. Maarten, and we took a boat ride over to Anguilla for a day. We went to a beach that had the whitest sand I had ever seen before in my life. I was in the water up to the middle of my chest and could still see my feet. It was the clearest water.

Tony Rock

Who’s been loyal to a Kardashain?

Tony Rock

Everybody cheats on the Kardashians.

Tony Rock

Every time I go onstage, it’s a little less ‘Chris Rock’s brother.’

Tony Rock

When I was growing up with Chris, I was the little brother that was kind of annoying: ‘Can I come?’ ‘Get out of here.’ ‘Can I play?’ ‘Get out of here.’ So that’s our relationship. I just do my own thing. I leave him alone.

Tony Rock

I hate when rappers do interviews. They say stuff like, ‘If I wasn’t doing this, I’d be dead or in jail.’ Like, damn, those are the only two options? What about managing Kinkos?

Tony Rock

All Def’ is unlike any other comedy show or set because ‘All Def’ goes back to the essence of how urban comedy started. We give it a ‘stoop appeal.’ A stoop appeal is important for us because it’s where pretty much all black comics started doing their standup: cracking jokes on the stoop, in the hood.

Tony Rock

If you enjoy and become a fan of Tony Rock, I really appreciate it! But, I do my comedy for me, so I don’t try and please everyone or appease anyone. In the end, it’s for me.

Tony Rock

It’s part of the gift and the curse of coming behind my brother. I’m not afforded the luxury of just taking a set casual, taking the night off. Because if I bomb, it’s, ‘Oh, he’s not funny – he’s just doing it because of his brother.’

Tony Rock

New York is home. It’s so unique that there is no other place like it.

Tony Rock

Once school let out every year, my siblings and I would get packed into a station wagon to drive to South Carolina to see my grandparents for summer vacation. If school let out on Friday, we were probably in the station wagon no later than Sunday morning, and we would make stops along the way.

Tony Rock

Women do so much aesthetically to attract men that they sometimes overlook the simple things, like cooking.

Tony Rock

Like everybody, I started out doing ‘bringer’ shows – the kind where if you show up with a certain number of people, you get to perform. Sometimes I would actually pay strangers off the street to come in and see my set.

Tony Rock

Any club has more than enough comics, so if you’re not there every night talking to the booker, you’re not going to get on. You have to be there more than they are.

Tony Rock

If you’re at the Comedy Store or the Laugh Factory or the Improv, even two minutes helps. You never know who might be in the audience.

Tony Rock

My pops, the whole time while I was growing up, was conscious of what we ate. He made sure we exercised and had time outside. He knew having a healthy lifestyle meant exercise.

Tony Rock

Nobody needs a chitlin.

Tony Rock

I don’t understand why black people feel this undying need to want to be down with white people all the time.

Tony Rock

I was depressed for a long time.

Tony Rock

I haven’t been offstage for more than two days since I started doing comedy.

Tony Rock

Ask Frank Stallone how far your name gets you.

Tony Rock

People say an Oscar validates your career. No, it doesn’t. There’s more good actors without Oscars than there are with Oscars.

Tony Rock

My family is just naturally funny.

Tony Rock

You got to be willing to be knocked out to win a fight. You got to be willing to get booed off the stage to get a standing ovation.

Tony Rock

It’s too expensive to eat healthy. You ever go to Whole Foods? A carrot is, like, seven dollars. McDonald’s got double cheeseburgers for a dollar.

Tony Rock

You know why kids don’t eat fruits? Because fruits don’t have any mascots. Every sugary cereal has a bear or a rabbit going , ‘Kid! Eat it! Eat it, eat it, eat it!’ You’re a kid, you’re like, ‘I got to get that cereal.’

Tony Rock

I know I’m going to be doing standup for the rest of my life.

Tony Rock

When you’re doing standup, it’s just you. It’s your written jokes. You perform it however your personality is.

Tony Rock

Sometimes I might get in the door a little quicker than somebody else because of my last name. But if I’m not prepared, I’m not afforded the luxury of, ‘Oh, he’s a little green.’ It’s, ‘He’s not talented,’ where the next guy can have a bad day.

Tony Rock

There’s nothing like the freedom of being in a roomful of strangers and trying to make them laugh… You either sink or swim. It’s like verbal boxing.

Tony Rock

I talk about everything – politics, the economy; the news will give you more material than you can ever use. But relationships? That’s the ongoing battle. You talk about men and women, and across-the-board everyone can relate to that.

Tony Rock

I have seven brothers and sisters, and they could all be standup comics!

Tony Rock

I was on the school bus telling Richard Pryor jokes. I was sneaking, listening to Richard Pryor albums and would go to school the next day, tell all the jokes, and get in trouble because I was cursing.

Tony Rock

Never steal jokes.

Tony Rock

I never knew I was poor until I got older because we just had so much fun. I thought everyone had grilled cheese night and that everyone had Cup-O-Noodles for dinner on Fridays.

Tony Rock

I’ve always been into stand-up, and I always wanted to be a comic because it was like the dream job as a kid, and my brother, being the patriarch, he paved the way.

Tony Rock

My brother nurtured the love of stand-up comedy in a skinny little black kid named Tony.

Tony Rock

I will never be the comic that apologizes for telling a joke.

Tony Rock

I can make anything in the room funny in a few seconds.

Tony Rock

My first stand-up experience, like most comics, was horrible. I got booed offstage. I thought I was funnier than I was. But the walk from the back of the room to the stage was the most excited I’d ever been about anything in my life other than kissing a girl. That’s how I knew I had to get back onstage and do it again.

Tony Rock

I’m a skinny kid from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Tony Rock

I have seven brothers and two sisters, so there was always a little friendly competition in the house. I don’t think that’s anything unusual with that many siblings.

Tony Rock

My father drove a truck, and my mother was a school teacher. They wanted their children to go the traditional route: get good grades, go to college, get a job.

Tony Rock

If I modeled myself after anybody, it probably would have been Richard Pryor.

Tony Rock

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