chris tucker getty Chris Tucker starts new stand up tour, believes he can always come back in the businessNot much has been seen of comedian Chris Tucker in recent years. He burst onto the movie scene in the late 1990s with “The Fifth Element,”  “Rush Hour” and “Rush Hour 2,” then mostly disappeared, only appearing recently in the 2007 movie “Rush Hour 3.”

He says it was largely due to being disappointed with the roles offered to him. They were too similar to the “Rush Hour” role, Tucker tells the New York Times, and “frankly, just weren’t good enough.” So he took a break

But now he’s back, with a new comedy tour that he tells the Times is a mark of bigger things to come.

“It would only make me better to be more patient,” says Tucker. “I was
fearless with that. Because I believe in myself. And I believe that I
can always come back in the business.”

He also says his current stand-up routine is a lot different from the one he performed when he was a 22-year-old nobody. Now, it’s more about the pitfalls of fame.

Tucker’s stand-up tour starts Friday night (Aug. 19) in Long Beach, CA and criss-crosses the country until ending in Oakland, CA on Nov. 26. Tickets can be bought here.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."