The Original Kings of Comedy
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 51 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 25, 2017
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer & Bernie Mac|
|Directed by||Spike Lee|
|Edited by||Barry Alexander Brown|
|Produced by||Walter Latham, David Gale & Spike Lee|
|Director of Photography:||Malik Hassan Sayeed|
|Executive Production by||Van Toffler|
I laughed until I cried. Full Review
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
As a testament to the vitality of black comedy, The Original Kings Of Comedy is a success. As a comedy, however, it's sluggishly paced and not nearly funny enough to justify its two-hour running time. Full Review
Rating: A- -- Ostensibly a shot performance of a comedians Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Bernie Mac and Cedric The Entertainer, the film is not only genuinely funny, but also very much a cultural touchstone. Full Review
[The Original Kings of Comedy] is a fresh, intimate, gloriously unpolished performance film that measures up to the classics of the genre: Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip and the notorious Eddie Murphy Raw. Full Review
...Sly and hilarious moments...
Spike Lee does more than merely film a concert....A laugh riot... -- 3.5 out of 4 stars
Rating: 2/5 -- Sometimes they're truly hilarious; sometimes they're lazy enough to milk laughs from scattershot vulgarity; and sometimes they try to pummel the audience into submission with humor... Full Review
Christian Science Monitor
When four of the world's funniest black stand-up comics came together to celebrate their crownings as the "Kings of Comedy," acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee decided to film two of their most memorable shows. The result is THE ORIGINAL KINGS OF COMEDY, a raucous concert film that takes its cue from classic performers such as Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy. The host of the evening, Steve Harvey, spends most of his time criticizing modern music--namely hip-hop--for forgetting to include love in its songs, missing the days when black music was passionate and romantic. D.L. Hughley focuses on universal topics such as work, as well as taking his time to criticize certain unfortunate audience members. Cedric "The Entertainer" makes a series of clever points about the differences between white and black people in addition to using his large frame to dance and run around the stage to hilarious effect. Capping off the film is Bernie Mac, a frustrated 42-year-old who is sick of sex and believes that people should tell it like it is, no matter whom they might offend. As funny as each individual is, they also take the time to make poignant observations about race, relationships, and popular culture, giving the film a sincerity that is truly refreshing.
With this feature-length documentary filmed the evenings of February 26 and 27, 2000, at the Charlotte (NC) Colleseum, Spike Lee captures the spirit of the "Kings of Comedy" tour, focusing on stand-up geniuses Steve Harvey, Cedric "The Entertainer," D.L. Hughley, and Bernie Mac. The tour began in 1997 and has since grown in scope and popularity to its present status as one of the highest-grossing and most highly lauded black comedy shows. However, until Lee stepped up to the challenge of documenting the tour on film, it was also a well-kept secret among its attendees. Now these "Kings of Comedy" and their high-volume acts can be enjoyed by audiences everywhere.
Concert | Standup Comedy | Standup Comedians | African Americans | Concerts | Comedians / Comediennes | Live Performances
- Theatrical release: August 18, 2000.
- The film was shot on location at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina, on February 26 and 27, 2000.
- Spike Lee shot on digital video to better capture the spontaneity of the performers.
- Created in 1997 by Walter Latham, the "Kings of Comedy" tour has become the highest-grossing comedy tour in history while remaining relatively ignored by white America.
- Gene Seymour of Newsday named the film one of the 10 best of 2000.
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