Comedians React To Chris Rock’s Oscar Monologue

THE OSCARS(r) - THEATRE - The 88th Oscars, held on Sunday, February 28, at the Dolby Theatre(r) at Hollywood & Highland Center(r) in Hollywood, are televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST. (ABC/Image Group LA) CHRIS ROCK

Last night while the world was watching the 88th Annual Academy Awards, we had our eye on what comedians thought of the ceremony and ’s monologue in particular. The results were almost unanimous- comedians on Twitter loved everything comedians did at the Oscars this year.  They loved Leslie Jones’ cameo as a bear in a digital short parodying best picture nominees, they loved as the Danish Girl in the same bit, they were overjoyed with the Oscar win for Adam McKay for his original screenplay, The Big Short, and they hated the news scroll and other pop up fun facts.

And most of all, they absolutely loved Chris Rock’s monologue.

Rock skipped the song and dance, and didn’t bother with an opening “number” opting instead for a straight monologue to open the Academy Awards. He joked about (the porn industry doesn’t make movies as fast and as often as he does), he joked about gender politics (women should be asked about more than their dresses), and he joked about snubs, but mostly his monologue focused on issues of race and the #OscarsSoWhite scandal.

Rock addressed why people are protesting now for the first time– he said because in past years blacks were too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won awards.  He took a shot at Jada Pinkett Smith’s boycott, pointing out that she wasn’t really invited anyway. Jada boycotting the Oscars, he said, is like me boycotting Rhianna’s panties– I wasn’t invited.

There was a joke about how Oscar will make up for the lack of nominations by showing an in memorium reel of black people being shot by the cops on their way to the movies, and suggested Hollywood isn’t racist in a cross burning way, just a sorority kind of way. “We like you Rhonda, but you’re not a kappa.”

praised Rock for giving color to a difficult topic, called the monologue “really incredible,” said Rock murdered the Oscars, and called it “quite possibly the best opening monologue to the Oscars.”  raved, and said Chris Rock just gave a class in stand up comedy, called it “epic” and called the monologue amazing from start to finish, (adding a p.s. that Donald Trump is still a fascist). Krystyna Hutchinson called it the most perfect stand up set, and exclaimed “SEE HOW IMPORTANT STAND-UP COMEDY IS, WORLD?!”

Also giving praise were , , , , W. Kamau Bell, , , , , , Carly Aquillino, , , , , , Charlamagne the God, and among plenty of others. Not everyone was glowing. Amanda Seales seemed maybe a little underwhelmed, Harry Shearer had some constructive criticism, and we think Barr was maybe, not impressed or at least she was unhappy with Chris Rock’s lips.

There were some differences of opinions on how the audience reacted.  Some felt Rock skewered everyone there and enjoyed their discomfort, others remarked about how well Rock handled difficult issues while still holding the room.

Watch Rock’s full monologue and then scroll down to see some of the tweets.

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  1. yourmomstaint

    February 29, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Who would have thought? I’m sure Rock did a good job, but even if he didn’t, the praise from other comedians would have still been unbearable. Rock is comedy royalty, and will always be praised by other comedians.

  2. JimPatrick

    February 29, 2016 at 10:30 am

    It was just ok. Louise CK presenting was the best comedian of the night to be honest.

  3. Todd Flanders Whatley

    February 29, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Enough already.
    It was funny…. and then it got tired. 
    Literally 3 hours into the broadcast, Rock was STILL hitting the same notes.  “Wow… what a colorful bunch!” (after the “best actor” nominees were read)
    Give it a break.
    Make your point.. get your laughs… and then move the fuck on.

  4. drewodrew

    February 29, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Gina Yashere on FB “Chris Rock got his opening monologue SPOT THE FUCK ON. For all the black
    people accusing him of cooning. Shut up & sit down.
    He is a
    comedian 1st and foremost. He got the point across with the right amount
    of humour, but still managed to make extremely powerful statements. He
    can’t just go up there and shout at white people for 10
    minutes.Sometimes as a group, we are just too over-sensitive and expect
    the impossible from our black celebrities. To make people swallow a
    bitter pill, sometimes you gotta sugar
    coat it. It’s a super fine line, and even finer when you’re straddling
    it, watched and judged by billions of people. He did the best that any
    black host could have ever done in that situation. I’m glad it was Chris
    Rock. I applaud him.

  5. TimKnight1

    February 29, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Yes, it was very edgy having a minority come out and whine about being a minority.  That never happens.

  6. Zach from Nowhere

    February 29, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    TimKnight1 You sound like a whiny faggot.

  7. 10adp

    February 29, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    The Academy promised me the first presenter of the evening would be an African-American. 
    So please welcome to the stage, Ms. Charlize Theron.

  8. Triggerslappy

    February 29, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Relax, it was a Oscar’s monologue not the fucking Gettysburg address. #Itakepicturesofmyfood.

  9. yourmomstaint

    February 29, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    I don’t think you’re supposed to use that word.