Chris Tucker is my most favorite comedian. I love his high pitched shrilled voice, his physical antics, and his hilarious stories timely delivered that always hit home. I don't if its because he is a hometown boy or because we are about the same age, but I have been a fan since Money Talks .
On New Year's Eve at the Fox in Atlanta, the house was packed with loyal supporters, but all Chris Tucker brought his fans on this this night was unsettling disappointment. Despite one of his opening jokes alluding to his putting on the Fox event to raise money to pay his taxes, that is exactly what it felt like. Tucker's show appeared to be a thrown-together, last-minute mess and Chris himself, ill-prepared. He paced the floor, appearing to attempt to recall jokes or even think them up on the spot. He appeared so unprepared that when his loyal and sympathizing audience screamed out their favorite bits for him to perform, he not only indulged them but in one case took a whole minute actually trying to hear the request from the floor. Why? Because he likely had nothing else.
Chris was off his game, his A-game anyway. Even as he included an anticipated tribute to his missed friend, Michael Jackson, his dance performance also seemed unrehearsed and worse, lethargic. Though not much was funny throughout the night, Chris' singing certainly struck a funny bone, and we all know what that feels like. Fortunately, he kept that as brief as our laughs during the night.
The funniest part of the night was the voice that insisted that the audience not to tape Chris' performance. Why would we? This was one performance that we would not want to see ourselves again, nor share with anyone else. As a matter of fact, who should I see about a refund? I look forward to seeing Chris in the upcoming movies he promised his fans, but I the buck stops there for me and undoubtedly the rest of the packed house.
Fan Not Laughing
Creative Loafing Atlanta
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