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The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)

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86

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 88
Fresh: 76 | Rotten: 12

If you want lots of laughs and don't mind some profanity, The Original Kings of Comedy can deliver.

91

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 3

If you want lots of laughs and don't mind some profanity, The Original Kings of Comedy can deliver.

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Movie Info

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,

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Documentary, Comedy

Feb 27, 2001

$37.7M

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Footage shot from over their shoulders reveals a sea of faces out of which individuals quickly emerge, as the comedians -- especially emcee Harvey -- enthrall and provoke audience members.

September 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A consistently hilarious assemblage of highlights from the hit concert tour of the same name.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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This is comedy with a sense of showmanship, and Lee cuts shrewdly to the rhythm of the jokes.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Seeing the film in a crowded theater is a lot more fun than watching it on TV would be, and the crappy, grainy look does create a sort of you-are-there immediacy.

August 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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This often hilarious quartet use the foul-ups, aggravations and muddles of everyday life to produce more laughs than most movies you'll see this year.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Time and again, we're transported by the outpouring of liberating humor from four men who know the territory.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Some segments are marred by poor sound quality. Others produce monster laughs.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Easily the funniest movie of the summer.

July 24, 2006 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

The film offers more than just yuks, however. As in Lee's best work, the film intelligently discusses race and race relations, though this time through the guise of humor.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It is Bernie Mac who is the true King of Comedy here, following in the footsteps of Pryor and Murphy before him as he crosses from church-raised testifying, to furious black cultural theorizing, to barely controlled comedic genius.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

I laughed myself into a headache. I laughed so hard I was hoping they'd get bad for awhile so I could relax a minute, wipe the tears out of my eyes.

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Apesar de praticamente se limitar a registrar o show dos quatro comediantes, sem jamais se preocupar com o lado humano destes, o filme se destaca graças ao humor cáustico e sem barreiras de seus protagonistas.

July 3, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Are they funny? Most of the time. But the humor, passing itself off as insightful social commentary, rarely rises above simple stereotypes.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

Watching Spike Lee's concert movie is the next best thing to having been in the house when the Kings of Comedy caused a laugh riot in Charlotte, N. C. last February.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

It is during these intimate scenes where Lee's style is more clearly evident, using settings such as a basketball court or a poker game, along with inventive camera angles and editing to give a spontanaeous feel.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Frequently hilarious comedy concert film, directed by Spike Lee.

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Bernie Mac is the best way to close out the show. He lunges straight into the audience's face, politically incorrect and proud of it.

June 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

like most stand-up shows, has plenty of peaks and valleys... could easily have been trimmed by at least half an hour without any major losses.

June 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

It is a simple, straight forward record of four hugely talented African-American comedians, Steve Harvey, DL Hughley, Cedric The Entertainer and Bernie Mac, as they bring the house down in Charlotte, North Carolina.

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC

It is, for the most part, funny, sometimes raunchy, and always from the heart.

March 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for The Original Kings of Comedy

I don't know why Spike Lee directed this but it's hilarious, all up in Charlotte.
April 22, 2010
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Lenny Muggsy

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I've never seen so many fat black chicks laughing at one time in one crowd. Also I only laughed hard at one joke during the entire DVD, and that was Hughley's "two week notice" bit. Steve Martin's rant about today's rap music was pretty spot on though.
March 8, 2008
jagfire
Taylor Bond

Super Reviewer

funny but a little too racist
January 25, 2007
sanjurosamurai
danny d

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Funny funny stuff.
July 20, 2007
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Jared H

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