25 Years After ‘Friday’: It’s a Pandemic, You Ain’t Got Sh*t to Do (And Chris Tucker is Loving It)

“It’s Friday. You ain’t got no job. And you ain’t got sh*t to do!” That phrase from the 1995 film, Friday, is one of the most quotable lines in cinematic history. The character, Smokey, uttered the expression in efforts to boost his bestie’s mood. Now, 25 years later during the era of social distancing, the actor behind the character, comedian Chris Tucker, is using Instagram to bolster the morale of millions of fans. Here is Tucker’s take on the pandemic and a peek at how he appreciates his solitude.

Ice Cube and Chris Tucker in 'Friday'
Ice Cube and Chris Tucker in ‘Friday’ via Twitter

‘Friday’ was Chris Tucker’s big break

His electric personality, distinctive facial expressions, and committed performances set Tucker apart as a one-of-a-kind artist. The funnyman made a name for himself in the stand-up comedy arena in the early 1990s with gigs on Showtime at the Apollo and Def Comedy Jam.

By the mid-90s, he had transitioned to acting in television and films, and by 1995, Tucker had become a household name due, in part, to his breakout role in Friday. In the film, he starred as a small-time dope dealer and slacker named Smokey and gave one of the most hysterical big-screen performances ever.

Over the last two and a half decades since Friday, Tucker has landed a string of meaty film roles. He has also remained rooted in comedy with live stand-up tour dates. The entertainer is known for sharing his unique viewpoints through humor, and now Tucker has taken to social media to share his perspective during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

‘This is a blessing,’ says Tucker about self-isolation

To boost followers’ spirits during the quarantine, Tucker recently shared a series of music and dance-themed Instagram videos. But the Silver Linings Playbook star took a break from cutting a rug to share his own silver lining about the coronavirus outbreak, and to impart some advice to fans. In the video, he beamed:

People are tripping about staying at home? Are you kidding? This is a blessing. Working from home, man, I’m getting so much work done. And I cleaned out my closet, cleaned off my desk, cleaned up my room, reading books. Man, I’m doing stuff I never did before. I’m taking advantage of this time.

This is a blessing in disguise. Let me tell you right now, the silver lining is, you get to do what you want to do. Hey, man, I don’t even have to shake hands no more. I love it!

Take advantage of this time. I’ve been praying in the morning for an hour, then I go and work, do what I want to do, and no guilty trip. I’m not even feeling guilty about staying home in my room. People, Mama said, ‘Why don’t you come and say hello.’ I said ‘Mama, you know [the coronavirus] is going on. Imma FaceTime you, okay? I love you. You know I love you.’

Everybody take advantage of this time. Read your Bible, meditate for an hour, work out, spend time with yourself. You don’t have to fool with people if you don’t wanna.

Chris Tucker via Instagram

Comedy lovers can watch Friday on Cinemax On Demand and stream the standup special, Chris Tucker: Live, on Netflix. Tucker’s dramedy, Silver Linings Playbook, is also streaming on Netflix.

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