Chris Rock is a stand-up comedian and actor who got his start as a cast member on Saturday Night Live in 1990. He left the show three years later, briefly appearing on competing sketch comedy show In Living Color, before returning to stand-up. His partnership with HBO for five comedy specials, 1994's Big Ass Jokes, 1996's Bring the Pain, 1999's Bigger & Blacker, 2004's Never Scared and 2009's Don't Kill the Messenger, along with his self-titled talk show earned Rock four Emmy Awards. With his star on the rise, Rock broke into Hollywood, starring in Lethal Weapon 4, The Longest Yard, Grown Ups and voicing a character in the Madagascar animated film franchise. The comedian's latest film is Top Five, which Rock wrote, directed and stars in.