The Original Kings of Comedy

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



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A selection of concert highlights from two nights of the long-running "Original Kings of Comedy" tour, featuring the talents of Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley and Bernie Mac, and including behind-the-scenes footage.


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Critic Reviews for The Original Kings of Comedy

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  • Their comic material is all cut from much the same cloth and lacks variety: their viewpoint is middle-aged; their "attitude" is strenuously confrontational.

    Aug 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There are some good gags and routines here, but loads of them have been done with far more invention and wit by Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy.

    Aug 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Sorry, but the king has long been crowned -- these funny men are merely pretenders.

    Aug 7, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 7, 2019 | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

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  • The Original Kings of Comedy doesn't have the theatrical subtext or, let it be said, the genius of Richard Pryor. But then again Pryor went out for an hour or 90 minutes and just talked. These guys are working in a revue format.

    Aug 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 23, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Original Kings of Comedy

  • Apr 22, 2010
    I don't know why Spike Lee directed this but it's hilarious, all up in Charlotte.
    Lenny M Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2008
    Classic "im a grown as man Dogg"
    khalvic b Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2008
    Funny. Too vulgar when all is said and done.
    Morris N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2008
    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.
    Taylor B Super Reviewer

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