Chris vows to rock the boat in SA shows

The saddest thing about xenophobic violence is that it is a "broke-on-broke crime", US actor and comedian Chris Rock said yesterday.

The saddest thing about xenophobic violence is that it is a "broke-on-broke crime", US actor and comedian Chris Rock said yesterday.

"I don't believe in black- on-black violence because everybody robs and kills people...," he said at a media briefing in Sandton, Johannesburg. "It's not black-on- black but broke-on-broke when people rob each other."

Rock, described by Time magazine as the funniest man in the US, will be in South Africa for 10 days.

He said he felt comfortable here and would not tone down his racial material in his shows, which would include references pertinent to South Africa.

He said his favourite South African comedians were David Kau and Barry Hilton.

"I've been watching their DVDs." he said. "David Kau has this natural style and receives good reactions from his audience.

"He's quite good."

Rock said he would also be visiting Diepsloot north of Johannesburg and would "have some tea" with Nelson Mandela on Sunday.

Tickets for his show, dubbed the No ApologiesWorld Tour, have been sold out in SA.

Rock performs at the International Convention Centre in Durban today.

Other shows will follow in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Sun City. - Sapa

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