WATCH: Chris Rock Jokes About 9/11 Terrorist Attacks In SNL Monologue
Chris Rock opened his “SNL” monologue by making a bunch of jokes that some might consider insensitive about the Boston Marathon and 9/11 terrorist attacks. He also joked about the commercialization of Christmas and anti-gun regulations.
The comedian called the Boston Marathon attack the “most scary, frightening, sadistic terrorist attack ever,” before noting that after running a long 26 miles, with hurt knees and pain across one’s body, “then some screams run.” Rock then went off on how New York rebuilt the Twin Towers, now called the Freedom Tower,” which he said, “I’m never going in… There is no circumstance that will ever get me in that building… Does this building duck?” He further joked, “Who’s the corporate sponsor [of the building]… Target?” before adding, “I don’t care if Scarlett Johansson is butt naked on the 89th floor in a plate of ribs.”
Noting how nothing is sacred anymore and how we “commercialize” everything, Rock joked that we’re only five years away from “9/11 sales.” He segued into how Christmas is really the birthday of Jesus, who was the “least materialistic person to ever roam the Earth, no bling on Jesus,” but we “turned his birthday into the most materialistic day.”
Next up for Rock in his monologue was how he went to Washington to testify for anti-gun regulation because you shouldn’t “have a machine gun in [your] house across the street from a school.” But after he came home and received loads of threats online like “I’ll kill you” and “I’ll slit your throat,” Rock said, “I need a gun.”
This is surprisingly just the second time Rock has hosted “SNL.” He previously hosted in 1996 with musical guest The Wallflowers. Rock, of course, was a cast member for three seasons between 1990-1993, alongside Adam Sandler, David Spade, Rob Schneider, and the late Chris Farley. Rock’s hosting duties come just a month before the release of his film Top Five, which he not only stars in but also wrote and directed.
Check out the video below of Rock’s monologue, and tell us what you think.