Original Kings of Comedy

The Original Kings of Comedy

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Director: Spike Lee

Cast: Spike Lee, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer

     
 

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In 1997, four of America's leading African-American stand-up comedians -- Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Bernie Mac, and Cedric The Entertainer -- joined forces for a concert tour that became one of the top money-earning attractions of recent years, consistently selling out 10,000 to 15,000 seat arenas from coast to coast. The Original Kings of Comedy captures the…  See more details below

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In 1997, four of America's leading African-American stand-up comedians -- Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Bernie Mac, and Cedric The Entertainer -- joined forces for a concert tour that became one of the top money-earning attractions of recent years, consistently selling out 10,000 to 15,000 seat arenas from coast to coast. The Original Kings of Comedy captures the tour's rough and raunchy humor on film. The concert documentary was shot in February of 2000 during a two-night stand in Charlotte, North Carolina (which was the site of the tour's first date three years earlier). Spike Lee served as director.

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Barnes & Noble - Pete Segall
The concert comedy film is dead -- killed by HBO, Russell Simmons, and anyone else responsible for turning the art into ubiquitous cable fodder. So Spike Lee's luminescent The Original Kings of Comedy is not so much a resurrection as a ghostly visitation. Resoundingly funny, richly insightful, and wonderfully framed (on digital video by cinematographer Malik Hassan Sayeed), the film was shot over two nights on The Original Kings of Comedy tour in Charlotte, North Carolina. The four comedians -- Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show), D. L. Hughley (The Hughleys), Cedric the Entertainer (BET Comic View), and Bernie Mac (Life) -- are all quite funny, but their humor prompts far more than belly-laughs. In his hilarious monologue about Titanic, the highest-grossing film ever, Steve Harvey posits a version of the film with a black cast. As the star of TV's highest-rated show among black viewers, though one that hardly causes a blip in the overall Nielsens, Harvey knows plenty about aesthetic discrepancies between the races. The star of the show, however, is the finisher, Bernie Mac, whose ramblings cover sex, beatings, and a linguistic discourse on a certain profanity containing the letters "m" and "f." Fiercely wide-eyed and speaking in a South Side Chicago drawl, Mac provides the perfect climax to an incredibly funny evening -- but be sure to stick around through the credits for Cedric the Entertainer's brilliant imitation of San Antonio Spurs point guard Avery Johnson.
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For anyone who grew up on the concert movies of Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, and others, the dead form returns to prominence with The Original Kings of Comedy. Spike Lee, putting his weight behind the project more than actually "directing" it, captures the Charlotte leg of what turned out to be the highest-grossing comedy tour of all time. Except for a few backstage interludes that seem set up, if not actually scripted, the film concentrates on the raucous standup comedy of emcee Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bernie Mac. In keeping with their TV sitcom backgrounds, the first three comedians are a bit more accessible and less vulgar than Mac, whose rants about beating on women and children may leave the audience in stitches, but will undoubtedly leave some viewers shifting in their seats. Catering to mostly African-American audiences on the tour, more than a couple of the comedians slip into some highly stylized slang that may be difficult for all viewers to decipher. In fact, those watching it on DVD might get more of the rapid-fire jokes by turning on the subtitles, so exaggerated are some of the speech patterns. Although not for everyone, The Original Kings of Comedy is a long-awaited theatrical rejuvenation of a genre that had since been abandoned to cable and video shelves.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2013
UPC:
0883929314027
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Sales rank:
7,077

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0. Scene Selections
1. How to get tickets [:16]
2. Steve Harvey [:20]
3. Poker game [:33]
4. D.L. Hughley [1:41]
5. Talking to the audience [:21]
6. Backstage experience [7:12]
7. Feeling the music [1:17]
8. Cedric the entertainer [6:09]
9. More cedric [8:12]
10. Brief intermission [1:22]
11. Going to church [2:55]
12. Bernie Mac [1:08]
13. The last waltz [3:40]

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