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'Inside Comedy': Chris Rock Calls Bill Cosby 'The Greatest' (VIDEO)

First Posted: 02/ 3/2012 8:45 am Updated: 02/ 3/2012 9:17 am

Chris Rock talked to "Inside Comedy" host David Steinberg about the legacy of two of the funniest black stand-up comedians in history, Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor.

Comparing the two pioneers, Rock acknowledged Cosby as "the greatest." He said that Cosby's work was of such a high caliber that no one ever attempts to copy it. Whereas, Pryor, on the other hand, "as great as Richard is, I do a little Richard, Eddie [Murphy] does a little Richard ... "

Explaining what makes Cosby's material so great, Rock said that none of it "is predicated on a reference point. Each joke is so f***ing good that it withstands the reference. Almost all of them would work today. ... And you can't say that about any other comedian."

Get more comedic insights on "Inside Comedy, Thursdays at 11 p.m. EST on Showtime.

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