The Original Kings of Comedy

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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: 5/21/2013
  • UPC: 883929314027
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,862

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Harvey
D.L. Hughley
Cedric the Entertainer
Bernie Mac
Technical Credits
Spike Lee Director, Producer
Barry Alexander Brown Editor
Mike Ellis Asst. Director
David Gale Producer
David Gale Producer
Walter Latham Producer
Rolf Pardula Sound/Sound Designer
Butch Robinson Co-producer
Malik Hassan Sayeed Cinematographer
Van Toffler Executive Producer
Tom Warren Art Director
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Scene Index

Scene Selections
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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Menu

Side #1
Play
Special Features
Bonus Scenes
Music Video: Big Tymers #1 Stunna
Theatrical Trailer
Set Up
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A barrell of laughs

    A real fall-out-of-your-chair and roll-on-the-floor comedy. This is a team that has come together with optimum fun as a goal. You won't be sorry!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Funniest Men Alive

    Not since Richard Pryor graced the stage has their been comedians that have come close to the Original Kings of Comedy in their funniness. Regardless of race, the jokes of the "The Titanic" were in great taste and the differences between the sexes. Bernie Mac, who was the funniest, had the best with his topic of sex and a certain panache for cussing. Cedric the Entertainer, though, had the most style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2003

    Truly, Madly, Deeply...

    Truly: We were witnessing history being made, up there with the greats of comedy from a by-gone age, such as Bob Hope, The Marx Bros, The Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy, etc... Madly: Anyone who has not seen them perform is mad not to, anyone who has seen them was probably rolling about, and going mad, with laughter. Deeply: Insightful on varied topics, emotional on numerous levels, dig deep - pull out that cheque book/credit card and buy, buy, buy the DVD/VIDEO, buy everything on the genius that is ''The Original Kings Of Comedy''.

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    Posted December 22, 2012

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