Reviewed by: Hillari Hunter
|Featuring:||D L Hughley, Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, Bernie Mac|
Director Spike Lee presents one of the most profitable comedy concerts, filmed during a performance in North Carolina. Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric The Entertainer and Bernie Mac are popular on the African-American comedy circuit, but they are not well-known to mainstream audiences as stand-up comedians.
Harvey begins the show, and he also serves as the host. One of his best bits happens when he takes the coat of an audience member who makes the mistake of leaving his seat. When the man returns, Harvey launches a heap of insults on him, but tops it off with a smile. Hughley, who also targets unsuspecting audience members as part of his act, tosses off some verbal barbs. Cedric does funny monologues about the habits of cigarette smokers and car drivers. Mac brings up the rear with a story about discipline problems he’s had with his niece and nephews.
The comedy sets are interspersed with segments that show the performers offstage. However, I strongly caution Christian audiences about this film. These comedians appear on fairly clean television programs when they are not on the road. Harvey and Cedric co-star on “The Steve Harvey Show.” Hughley is the head of the house hold on “The Hughleys.” Mac has appeared semi-regularly on “Moesha” as the title character’s uncle. However, the comedians aren’t restricted by the censors in “The Original Kings of Comedy”. When this concert came to my city, I understood that tickets were only for those who were 21 years and older. The foul language and sexual references are definitely NOT for sensitive or young ears. Many of the jokes are also racial in nature. Each of these comedians are very talented, and if you don’t mind graphic language (numbering in the hundreds) you may appreciate this hard-edged comedic documentary. But for most, “The Original Kings of Comedy” will be too edgy.