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Original Kings of Comedy (Widescreen) [Import]

Steve Harvey , D.L. Hughley , Spike Lee    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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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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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 Some hilarious stuff... Nov. 28 2003
By Danny
Format:DVD
This is one of those DVD's you simply must own. Whenever you're feeling a little uneasy or upset about something, there's segments in this film that are guaranteed to cheer you up.
Steve Harvey and DL Hughley are equally funny. Both are energetic and charismatic and you can tell the audience is loving every minute of their skits. The highlight of Steve's performance is the Titanic bit, whereas DL Hughley shines with his Gilligan's Island skit. I was also cracking up when he started to bust on the audience towards the end of his set. Next up is Cedric the Entertainer, who I think is the weakest of the four. He has his moments, like the ghetto wedding and the break dancing battles, but I've seen much funnier stand-up from him (check out his Platinum Comedy Series DVD for some REALLY funny stuff). Finally, Bernie Mac ends the show. This guy is absolutely hilarious. He comes out full of energy and it just never lets up. By the time his set was done, my sides were literally hurting me. I'll never get tired of his stuttering nephew/bus stop story. And the best part is that most of his set is about his kids instead of the standard non-stop relationship/sex jokes we're all sick of hearing from other comedians. True, he falls into a raunchy sex diatribe for a few minutes, but he pulls it off with such raw audacity and energy that you simply can't help but crack up laughing. Hilarious. Undoubtedly my favorite of the four.
This movie has created debates between people with subjective opinions about which one of the four is the funniest. Everyone has a certain favorite because different people have different tastes. That's what's so special about this movie: there's something in it for everyone. Highly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't reccomend it
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 more
Published on Dec 8 2011 by Delton Ziegler
4.0 out of 5 stars A good chuckle
This documentary was brilliant right from the start. The friendship and mutual respect between the guys is apparent. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2004 by Mr. D. Isichei
5.0 out of 5 stars Song Nmae
I have a question: what was the name of the song when Bernie Mac came on stage???
Published on Jan. 27 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars You will laugh your .... off
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 more
Published on Jan. 1 2004 by musicalsoul
4.0 out of 5 stars I looooove DL Hughley!!
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
4.0 out of 5 stars very funny - replay factor is high
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 more
Published on Nov. 26 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars dishing out my 2 cents
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 more
Published on Nov. 9 2003 by Chris Honaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Telling it like it is!
The Original Kings of Comedy/Queens of Comedy Gift Set is a great gift for anyone to recieve and/or buy. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by Patty Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsively Watchable..
When comedy makes you howl with laughter (D.L.Hughley riffing on men's dirty underwear and black people quitting their jobs) remember good times in your youth (Cedric The... Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2003 by WILLIE A YOUNG II
4.0 out of 5 stars A good movie!
I am a big stand up freak.I am always looking for new guys to try out.I don't care if they are white,black or Hispanic,they can be funny either way. Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2003 by M. Puziss
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