When it comes to Tony and Jordan Rock; being the brother of Chris Rock could be tough to deal with and even tougher if you decide to do comedy. For a new feature in The New York Times the brothers got to talk more about themselves and overall how they dealt with the pressure of being the younger brothers of Chris Rock. They go on to highlight how they strategically set out to make names for themselves.
Professionally, Tony and Jordan have kept a distance from Chris. They described a generational gulf as well as one created by his fame. When Tony started his standup career, Chris was already a celebrity in New York City. When Jordan started, Chris was a megastar. It was important to the younger brothers to create lanes for themselves. The Rock name was both a gift and a burden, but neither felt compelled to lean on Chris or resent his success. Both brothers said Chris never tried to take a heavy hand in their careers — and, indeed, gave them space to succeed or struggle on their own. (Chris Rock did not respond to multiple interview requests for this article.) Chris, of course, is in the conversation for being one of the greatest comedians of his time and is in the midst of his first stand-up tour in nine years….He (Tony) struggled initially to set himself apart from Chris. When he first started performing, he was introduced as Chris’s younger brother, raising expectations for him and simultaneously pigeonholing him.
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