Four stand-up comedians take a humorous look at sports personalities, church services, bill collectors, hip-hop, and men and women.
Genre: Performing Arts - Concerts
Release Date: 30-JAN-2007
Media Type: DVD
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
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... Read morePublished on Dec 8 2011 by Delton Ziegler
This documentary was brilliant right from the start. The friendship and mutual respect between the guys is apparent. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2004 by Mr. D. Isichei
I have a question: what was the name of the song when Bernie Mac came on stage???Published on Jan. 27 2004
These men are the true kings of comedy. There will never be a moment of ceased laughter from the time you pop this in. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2004 by musicalsoul
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.Published on Dec 3 2003 by Sable Washington
I read all the reviews here before buying it and actually came away with my own opinion.....first off this dvd is funny - I taped it to audiocassette to listen in my car over and... Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2003
I don't watch that much stand up comedy but I am familiar with the Steve Harvey show and like Bernie Mac real well so I decided to give this a try. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2003 by Chris Honaker
The Original Kings of Comedy/Queens of Comedy Gift Set is a great gift for anyone to recieve and/or buy. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003 by Patty Hunt