By Ian Neubauer

US superstar comedian Chris Rock tested his brand of explicative humour on the Australian psyche during an impromptu performance at Sydney’s Roxbury Hotel comedy night on Friday night.

Rock had the stunned crowd in stitches during the 15-minute routine that saw him use the ‘F’ word countless times while waxing lyrical on topics as diverse as the US presidential race and Australia’s origins as a penal colony.

Roxbury Hotel general manager, Adam Dawson, said Rock’s promoter called a few hours beforehand to say the superstar might ‘rock on down’ to test his material ahead of his Australian tour.

“It was not a terribly polished performance because he was trying out stuff to see if it translated for Australian audiences. It was all very exciting for us,” he said.

“This sort of thing can only really add to our reputation as a comedy venue. We have only been doing it for a short while. Initially we started having comedy only one night a week and now we have it up to five.”

Rock’s ‘No Apologies’ tour continues this Friday at the State Theatre in Sydney and the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Saturday night. He will then go on to perform at the Arts Centre, Hamer Hall, in Melbourne on Sunday and Monday night.




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