I don’t believe I can offend you in a comedy club. I don’t believe I can offend you in a concert. A comedy club is a place where you work out material, you’re trying material. Louis CK, Tosh, any of these guys, it costs $80-100 to see them. If you’re in a club, and you pay $12, and a superstar comedian comes in there trying out his jokes – you know, that’s like the first draft to a book, or a movie that’s not cut, it’s just not to be judged for the masses. This guy is trying out stuff. I think that’s the deal that’s made when you see a famous guy in one of these clubs.
— Chris Rock on comedy clubs as ‘first drafts’ for big-name comedians