Chris Rock Once Pitched A Cardi B Comedy Series Before Her Rap Career Took Off: She’s 1 Of The Funniest People
He said that he was rooting for Leslie Jones before she starred in “Saturday Night Live” for five years.
“People are so obviously funny. I remember I used to try to get Leslie Jones an agent for years and no one would listen to me. Finally, of course [‘Saturday Night Live’ creator] Lorne Michaels is a genius and he asked me if I knew any black women for ‘SNL’ and I said ‘I might have somebody fo you. So yeah, I knew Leslie Jones early.”
He said he once even pitched Wendy Williams for a talk show on HBO.
“They thought I was crazy… Look at her now. She’s doing exactly what I knew she was gonna do.”
While Wendy Williams went on to secure a daytime talk show that is now in its 13th season, one of the most surprising names that Chris Rock pushed for comedy is Cardi B.
“Cardi B, I saw on some YouTube thing. My kids showed me this Cardi B girl. She didn’t have a record out or anything. I was like ‘Okay we should do a show.’ I’m not even gonna say what network. Me, Cardi B, and her management [went] to kind of get a show going. And it just never happened…”
He added that she told him about her rap dreams, but he attempted to push her into comedy.
“I was like ‘Yeah, yeah, that’s good, anyway, you’re a comedy star. She’s really… I think Cardi B is the funniest women, or one of the funniest people. It’s like [Dave] Chappelle, Cardi. Like, in the standings right now. Who are the funniest people in the world? Cardi’s right up there…She’s good man… Cardi can hang with anybody!”
Cardi B later starred in VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: New York” before launching her groundbreaking music career.
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