Chris Tucker, the comedian who stars in the hit “Rush Hour” action films, is making a full-time stage comeback.
Tucker, now 38, recently began what he calls a “Back To Where I Came From” comedy tour, which is his first major set of stage shows in almost four years. He plans to perform at venues across the United States through November.
Chris Tucker began his entertainment career as a stand-up comedian on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” in the early 1990s, along with other comics such as Martin Lawrence and Dave Chappelle.
He moved from Georgia to Los Angeles in 1992. That year, Tucker had a small part on the comedy series “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper.” He later landed his breakout role as the weed-smoking funnyman Smokey in the 1995 film “Friday.”
Tucker is also known for playing Detective James Carter, partner of Jackie Chan’s character, Chief Inspector Lee, in the “Rush Hour” films, which have earned more than $850 million. The first installment hit theaters in 1998. Tucker earned more than $55 million himself for the final two movies, according to the New York Times.
Chris has not appeared in a movie since “Rush Hour 3” was released in 2007. He told the New York Times that roles he was offered since then were too similar to “Rush Hour” and “frankly, just weren’t good enough.”
Tucker, who lives in the Atlanta area and is the father of a 12-year-old son, says he often gets recognized by fans, who tend to confuse him with his weed-smoking “Friday” character.
“I walk down the street, people just yell out, ‘Smokey’!” Tucker said. “I’m with my son, I’m a grown man. My name is Chris. My name ain’t Smokey – that was a character in a movie. They get mad at me, man.”
Chris Tucker also says he keeps his comedy shows clean.
Another issue Tucker talks about during his comedy show – Jackson, U.S. President Barack Obama and his money woes. Last year, it was reported that Tucker owes the Internal Revenue Service more than $11 million in back taxes. The New York Times quoted him as saying in a recent stage show: “That’s the last time I let Wesley Snipes help me out with my taxes.”
While Chris Tucker will not be performing in Richmond, he’s scheduled to perform in DC on October 8.