Original Kings of Comedy (Widescreen)
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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
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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.Read more ›
(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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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