Chris Tucker

Apparently, collecting a $25 million paycheck, as Chris Tucker did for Rush Hour 3 in 2005, has its down side. Such as getting in deep, deep hock to the Internal Revenue Service. ''That's the last time I let Wesley Snipes help me out with my taxes,'' Tucker says onstage, semi-explaining his financial problems. Unlike Snipes, Tucker has so far been able to avoid jail time to cover his $11.5 million tax tab, but his disposable income has been severely decreased. ''A n**ga so broke these days, somebody rob me, they just be practicing,'' he clowns through his tears.

Tucker may be down, but he's by no means out. He’s back on the stand-up stage with The IRS Tour, as he informally calls it. He's enjoying a residual glow emitting from a small but notable role in the critically respected Silver Linings Playbook. Following in the path of comedy idols Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor, Tucker recently filmed his stand-up show for a feature-length movie. There's even talk of a Rush Hour 4. Wait a minute, isn't that how he got into this in the first place?

8 p.m. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas. For information, call 713-230-1600 or visit bayoumusiccenter.com. $45.50 to $65.50.
Sat., May 4, 8 p.m., 2013

 
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