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Last Updated: 12:18 AM, May 29, 2012
Posted: 12:11 AM, May 29, 2012
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Chris Rock was working overtime in Cannes. The star of “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” hit the Riviera during the festival to promote his animated film with Ben Stiller and Jada Pinkett-Smith. But during his stay, Rock learned the forward he was scheduled to pen for an upcoming book, “Make ’Em Laugh,” was due sooner than expected. “He got word that the publisher moved up the production schedule and needed his introduction right away,” said a source. “Chris was kind enough to write it while he was in Cannes, and sent it right over to make the deadline.” The book by Richie Tienken and Jeffrey Gurian is subtitled, “35 Years of the Comic Strip, the Greatest Comedy Club of All Time!” and chronicles the history of Tienken’s Upper East Side club, where Rock was discovered. We obtained an excerpt of Rock’s handiwork in Cannes. “I didn’t go to college and I regret it,” he writes in the introduction. “Every now and then I have a conversation with somebody and they use a reference like Cantinflas, or a word like deciduous, and I get that ol’ GED feeling. I’m smart, but I have a hole in my knowledge like a superhero with arthritis. But don’t think I didn’t learn anything. Far from it. For the job I wanted, I couldn’t have picked a better school than the Comic Strip! For one thing, I didn’t need a Pell Grant. I got in straight from Red Lobster!” The book’s due Oct. 1. A rep for Rock didn’t return calls.

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