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Kevin Hart’s been a thriving comedian for a while now. Though he’s fairly new to the masses, the 32-year-old has already scored several Comedy Central specials and hosted major events like the 2011 BET Awards. Most recently, he functioned as the non-hosting host of MTV’s 2011 Video Music Awards.

This past weekend, he and his Hartbeat Productions rode his new-found fame to an unexpected victory after his debut standup film Laugh at My Pain, which follows his recent national tour run and a poignant stop in his hometown of Philadelphia, debuted inside of the box office top 10 ranking and pulled in nearly $2 million, in just 97 theaters, for an impressive per-location gross of $20,619. It’s a healthy profit, considering the film cost $750,000 to make.

We checked in the Kevin yesterday right before he gifted 100 fans with tickets to Pain at Los Angeles’ AMC Universal CityWalk theater to talk about its success, how he pulled it off, and how he’s going to celebrate.

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