Men’s mag GQ has debuted its annual Comedy Issue, and as usual, it’s taken some liberties with the definition of “comedy,” choosing The Rock as their standout comedic performer of the year.
If you’re a little confused, you’re not the only one – Chris Hardwick, host of Comedy Central game show @midnight, wasn’t too psyched to see The Rock on the cover, either.
Opening Wednesday night’s episode of @midnight, Hardwick had a bit of a bone to pick with GQ. It’s not that he hates The Rock – he’s psyched about his potential 2020 presidential run, for one – but he has some legit issues with the former wrestler’s new career as a “comedian.”
Here’s what Hardwick had to say:
“I love him. I love The Rock. But here’s where I just have a slight problem — just a slight problem. Please don’t get mad at me, The Rock.
So,this interview with Dwayne “The POTUS” Johnson was on the cover of GQ magazine’s Comedy Issue! That’s a comedy issue! The f—ing comedy issue! Look at that comedy bicep right there on the front of the comedy issue. I mean, I guess this makes sense, you know, considering next month I’m featured in Fire Hydrant Arms Magazine’s “50 Polynesians Who Can’t Fit In A Prius” Issue. But GQ — guys! I know you want to sell magazines. I get it. But try to understand what’s going on and what comedy actually means. Alright.
Thousands of comedy folks they could’ve put on the cover. Like, I don’t know…how about Chris The Rock Rock, for example? Or maybe Stephen Colbert, Maria Bamford, Bill Burr, Tig Notaro, Rick and Morty, Kate Berlant, Nikki Glaser, Hannibal Buress, Louis CK, Norm Macdonald, Noel Fielding, Dave Chappelle, Jim Jefferies, Sarah Silverman, Bob Newhart, The Onion, Steel Panther, Cheech and Chong, Ken Jeong, Ali Wong, Patton Oswalt, every member of The State, every member of Monty Python, every comedian on Another Period who are a lot of people from The State, Leslie Jones, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Melissa McCarthy, Kumail Nanjiani, Ron Funches, a hamster in a sweater, or this kid. I mean! So many! Comedians! You coulda put! On the cover! Of your f—ing Comedy Issue!
I mean, guys, maybe I’m personalizing this a little much, but do the jocks have to take this one, too? Do they have to take this one away from the comedy nerds? This kind of feels like, and maybe this is again too personal for me, but like when you’re in chess club your whole life, and then a f—ing football player puts on fake nerd glasses and sits at a chess table and that’s the f—ing photograph for chess club in the yearbook. It’s like, they can’t get everything!
Don’t get me wrong! I love The Rock. He can be on the cover of anything else, and I’d be fine with it. He’s the world’s greatest action star. But maybe he’s not actually a comedian? An official professional comedian? Actually, he might not even be the world’s funniest rock. I think this is actually the world’s funniest rock. And I think it’s safe to say this one has a much smaller penis. But, yeah. I love you, Rock. Don’t hit me. Don’t get mad at me. This is, my beef is with GQ. You didn’t do anything wrong. I just don’t understand!”
(h/t to The Comic’s Comic for transcribing Hardwick’s rant in its entirety.)