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Original Kings of Comedy (Widescreen)

Steve Harvey , D.L. Hughley , Spike Lee    R (Restricted)   DVD
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The Original Kings of Comedy achieves the seemingly impossible task of capturing the rollicking and sly comedy routines of stand-up and sitcom vets Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bernie Mac and the magic of experiencing a live concert show. Director Spike Lee and his crew plant a multitude of cameras in a packed stadium and onstage (as well as backstage, as they follow the comedians) to catch the vivid immediacy of the show, which is as much about the audience as it is about the jokes. And the jokes are funny.

All four riff fast and furiously (and with much swearing) on the world in terms of race, family, sex, and in one routine, outer space. Hughley takes comedic aim at extreme sports and eating disorders, while Cedric harks back to the day when gang fights meant calling opponents out onto the dance floor. Bernie Mac, the self-confessed id comedian of the group, presents a routine that is simultaneously offensive and hilarious--an apt reminder that comedy can and should be vicious if we are ever to learn to laugh at ourselves and hopefully be the better for it. Harvey, who acts as the MC for the show, has some transcendent moments with the crowd (a '70s slow jam sing-along, anyone?) that have to be seen to be believed. There's no doubt as to why Kings was a hit with concert and movie audiences; the laughs keep coming, in the tradition of Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy, with a sharp eye on the nuances of today's racially affected culture. --Shannon Gee

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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't reccomend it Dec 8 2011
Format:DVD
Didn't like this one much. We expected it to be funny and instead found it disappointing. Maybe we didn't understand the humour but we've seen these guys in different comedy strips and thought they were good. I'm glad it wasn't a xmas gift.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The King of the Stand-up Comedy DVDs April 29 2004
Format:DVD
The first time I saw a blurry picture of Steve Harvey in a magazine I thought I was looking at a young Richard Pryor. My mistake, but besides that, I wasn¡¯t too far off; at least they¡¯re in the same business of making people laugh. Harvey, who is more or less the MC of the show, introduces the other comedians while adding in his own jokes along the way. I love that Harvey is so proudly ¡®old school¡¯ and dishes out critique at the ever-so-annoying unenlightened Hip Hop artists; Original Kings of Comedy came out in 2000, but four years on, Harvey¡¯s observations are truer than ever.
Obviously everyone will have his or her favourite comedian, but for me, the weakest link was by far DL Hughley. Maybe the younger crowd will like him more, but to me he seems more pretentious than the others. Unlike them, Hughley isn¡¯t self-effacing or self-deprecating, which to me is an essential quality for a comedian, because to be able to laugh at oneself is Basic Comedy 101. He¡¯s the first one on stage and to me he just sounds a lot like all the other stand up comedians out there. He lacks presence and charisma, which he probably thinks he makes up for by being loud and boisterous. Don¡¯t get me wrong, some of his jokes were funny, but the other 3 comedians just had a more unique style and flair.
Next up is Cedric The Entertainer: I had high expectations of him, so along with his routine and his backstage banter plus Latin singing warm up in the men¡¯s¡¯ bathroom, I was won over. He's got a real knack for pacing his jokes, that is, he takes his time more than the others. I mean this in a good way. It provides a nice contrast to the rapid-fire laughs of Mac and Hughley.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sickeningly Hilarious! Feb. 27 2004
By Samhot
Format:DVD
This film captures stand-up performances from comedians Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric The Entertainer and Bernie Mac, and is a non-stop laugh-fest in the highest sense of the term. This review is not going to be a very long one - to be rather honest. The humor, of course, revolves around many taboo subjects like racial stereotypes, sex, religion and other things - if you are easily offended by any of these things, I suggest you avoid this film like the plague, because it is no holds barred! A few of the many hilarious scenes that I consider personal favorites from each comedian:
(1). Steve Harvey does a pretty good job of mocking the characters in the Titanic film who choose to keep playing their violins amidst a major catastrophe. He later goes into detail about why he prefers "old-school" music; particularly old-school R&B, over the hip-hop and rap trends that seem to be preferred by the modern generation. He does an effective job of lambasting rappers, and is absolutely laugh-out-loud hilarious. I was practically in tears from laughing so hard at this. Needs to be seen to be believed.
(2). D.L. Hughley was hilarious too, but like some have pointed out, some of his routines came from other, earlier stand-up specials. Side note: If you can find a copy of his stand-up comedic special entitled "Going Home," pick it up. That performance I believe to be his funniest, and it leaves me rolling on the floor everytime.
(3). Cedric The Entertainer's humor was the least brash of all the four, and has more of a laid-back, subtle charm, which still manages to make you laugh. The whole break-dance scene was funny, as well as his "cruising into outer space" scene, his self-made "martial art style" scene, and others.
(4). Bernie Mac - good lord.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good chuckle Feb. 2 2004
Format:DVD
This documentary was brilliant right from the start. The friendship and mutual respect between the guys is apparent. The filming was excellent making you feel apart of the crowd and atmosphere. What I liked about this was the regular use of music to add entertainment, you could really feel the warmth and reminiscing when Harvey played some old skool tracks. For me all except D.L were funny. I just don't find D.L. funny but I guess it's who you identify with you find funny. Ced was the best right from the get go. His entry music smashed it and jokes on blacks in hockey, run co-ordinator and breakdancing all made him the best on the night for me. For all round entertainment, jokes and music this DVD is a must have. It's a shame we don't get more of this stuff in the UK. Really cheers me up after a long day/ week.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Song Nmae Jan. 27 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I have a question: what was the name of the song when Bernie Mac came on stage???
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5.0 out of 5 stars You will laugh your .... off Jan. 2 2004
Format:DVD
These men are the true kings of comedy. There will never be a moment of ceased laughter from the time you pop this in. The best of all four (even though they all are funny) is Bernie Mac. Bernie will have you laughing so hard that you won't be able to breath. If you don't have this movie, you are missing the most hilarious comedy show ever.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I looooove DL Hughley!! Dec 3 2003
Format:VHS Tape
The whole DVD was good if only for this one comedian. Some of the other ones were ok, but DL was the best one TO ME.
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