Russell Simmon's ‘All Def Comedy’ Returns to HBO As Series In December with Tony Rock as Host


I will always love me some Tony Rock! I interviewed him for the first time ever back in January about a new show he was doing on TV One and the conversation was just a great time.  Plus, a clip of my interview went viral, which has never happened before. Thanks Tony!  If you watch the interview below you will absolutely remember seeing it everywhere earlier this year.  

Hopefully, Tony will make things go viral again this year with his upcoming hosting gig.  According to Deadline, HBO has picked up Russell Simmons’ All Def Comedy stand-up series for a six-episode season that will kick of in December, the network said today. The order comes after HBO aired an All Def Comedy one-off special in November, part of Simmons’ overall first-look deal with the premium cabler. The shows will be taped October 10-11 at the Avalon Theatre in Los Angeles and hosted by Tony Rock. Like Simmons and HBO’s original Def Comedy Jam, the series will feature stand-up performances spotlighting up-and-coming comics discovered at All Def Digital’s live weekly comedy showcase and online video platform. 

All Def Comedy also will be available on HBO Now, HBO Go, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals. Simmons and Stan Lathan are producing with Chris Conti and Jeru Tillman. Lathan is directing.  “I have witnessed firsthand how the most cutting-edge, seemingly alternative comics become the driving forces in mainstream comedy,” Simmons said. “I’m thankful to HBO for allowing me to give these new voices access to mainstream audiences everywhere.”  Earlier this month, Simmons revealed he was looking to restart his Def Poetry Jam franchise with HBO as All Def Poetry and was talking with Grammy winner Chance the Rapper to host the potential series.

Russell Simmons never stops and I just love him for it. I remember watching Def Comedy Jam back in the day so that fact that it's still around in some form is an ode to Russell's genius.  Check out my interview with host, Tony Rock below. 

Quencie Interviews Tony Rock [VIDEO]

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I had so much fun interviewing Tony Rock about being the host of TV ONE's new show, "The Game of Dating." During my interview, we talked about his brother Chris Rock, his thoughts on Chrisette Michele performing at Donald Trump's inaugural ball and Steve Harvey's meeting with Donald Trump. Tony did not hold back one bit.  He was so hilarious that a clip from my interview actually went viral.  It has been viewed by over 2 million people on Facebook, by hundreds of thousands of people on Instagram, and became the headline of countless blog posts and radio show segments.  This clip was seen and heard everywhere!  It even made it into the conversation on The Breakfast Club and Dish Nation.  Watch below.

Tony had me laughing non-stop with some of his responses to my questions. He was so entertaining that I think the entire interview should have went viral.  This is my best interview of 2017.  I didn't know a whole lot about Tony Rock before my research for this interview, but following our sit down I became a big fan.  He's not only funny, but he's super smart and shared a lot of great advice. If you want to get your life please press play and watch our entire conversation below!

After my interview clip went viral everyone seemed to have an opinion about what Tony said about Steve Harvey.  I took an unauthorized poll and most people agreed with him.  Yesterday, Tony sat down with Buzz Live and addressed the controversy that surrounded his comments.  I loved how he responded. It was so Brooklyn.  Watch below. 

Tony Rock Shares The Biggest Mistake People Make in Dating

I interviewed Tony Rock about his new show "The Game of Dating" which features couples on a real-life date while teams watch, react and compete to win cash prizes.  The one-hour series premieres on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.  Check out what Tony Rock feels is the biggest mistake people make in dating. Watch below. 

What Tony Rock Would Tell His Younger Self

I interviewed Tony Rock recently and asked him what advice he would give his younger self about the world of comedy.  Press play and find out his answer, It may just serve as some Monday motivation for yourself.  Watch below.

Tony Rock Talks 'The Game of Dating' on TV ONE [VIDEO]

I interviewed the always funny Tony Rock who is a comedian, actor and new host of TV ONE's "The Game of Dating.'  This network original primetime series takes a voyeuristic look at real-life dating while teams watch, react and compete to win cash prizes.  "It is a hilarious, jam-packed series filled with comedy, huge reveals and excellent play along," said Brad Siegel, President of TV One. "With expert comic timing, Tony Rock entertainingly navigates the audience and our contestants through two dates - each one as unpredictable and funny as the last. It's the only game show where dating pays off!"

'The Game of Dating' begins each hour-long episode with three teams of friends and/or family who watch real dates in a "hidden camera" style from the comfort of their homes. Throughout the show, the teams, as well as Rock, will offer their funny and uncensored commentary. The couples could be on an awkward first date, enjoying a new relationship, or they could be an existing couple with history just trying to keep the magic going. The competing teams watch the dates and do their best to figure out the daters' stories and next moves in order to score cash.  TV ONE's redefines the dating and game show genres by offering viewers provocative, sexy and hysterical new takes on classic dating show scenarios.  

Check out my interview with Tony Rock below and make sure you tune in and watch the one-hour series premiere on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.