Chris Tucker Gets Back to the Business of Making Funny

After a long hiatus, the actor and comedian embarks on his first comedy tour in years

BlackEnterprise.com: Why have you taken a break from acting?

Comedian Chris Tucker on stage

Tucker returns to centerstage (Image: Press)

Good movies just aren’t being made right now. If I was presented with one I most certainly would do it, but I haven’t come across any. I will return to doing film when the time and project is right.

BlackEnterprise.com: At one point you said you were no longer going to play characters who used drugs because you had played a few. How important is it not to get pigeon-holed?

It’s important to keep on reinventing yourself because it will open up more opportunities for you. I never thought about it then until I got caught into [those kind of roles]. It’s so easy to do the same thing that you’ve always done because [people] want you to continue to do that.

BlackEnterprise.com: What’s the best money advice you’ve ever received?

Best money advice I received came from Sidney Poitier (mimicks Poitier’s voice) “Don’t be out there spending all your money because you never know, man. Just save it, just save.” (Laughs)

BlackEnterprise.com: What’s the best financial advice you’d give?

Invest in things that aren’t too risky and that you understand; invest in people who you believe in and trust. Whether it’s in a restaurant business or comedy club, make sure that the people you work with are dependable and reliable. In the past, I have invested in good businesses, but I would do it differently and make sure to find a good, strong partner who knows that business so they can be they can be the creative person ,and I would be the money person.

BlackEnterprise.com: Whats the best money move you’ve ever made?

Building my mother’s house. It’s big enough for everybody (I’m the youngest of six children) to come and visit. At the end of the day the most valuable thing is family. You can make all the money in the world, but with family and love it means nothing.

BlackEnterprise.com: What advice do you have for comedians entering the game today about how to manage their businesses and brands?

Work—stay on the stage—because that’s where you develop new material. When you think about branding yourself, make sure not to put yourself in a box so you can broaden your audience. You should just be known as a funny guy to White, Black, Asian, Latin, whomever like Oprah Winfrey, Coca-Cola or American Express everyone knows these brands Manage your business by trying to have a [future] plan, and always get good advice from people you trust and people who have done what you’re doing before. Listen, learn and apply that to what you’re doing.

Also, always keep that passion, because that’s your value. If you have that, magical doors will continue to open for you.

To get tickets to Chris Tucker’s upcoming show or to see the tour schedule, visit livenation.com.

Click here to see Chris Tucker talk about his side hustles and his first job here.

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  • Peggy Duncan

    Wish he’d crawl back under his rock. Just more buffoonery.

  • Janet Gordon

    Hey Chris, I’ve always been in love with those big bumble bee’s you have on your face so please don’t introduce them to drugs.

    Love Ya!!

    ~JLG~

  • jackie allen

    Hi Chris,Glad to hear you are back doing your thing.I missed you so much please try to get to St. Louis soon.Love you

  • Vanessa

    Hey Chris, I just wanted to say that I love your work, you are so funny, and your movies with Jackie Chan were excellent, I can’t never get bored watching them, please keep up the good work! I’ll keep my eye on you to see what you are up to. Good luck on anything you decide to do, you’ll do just great, your fan

    Vanessa Sánchez :)