TheGrio's 100: Kevin Hart, Philly comedian sees the humor in life experiences
Comedian and actor Kevin Hart has been keeping audiences in stitches for more than a decade. His popular stand-up acts, such as I’m A Grown Little Man and Laugh At My Pain have been made into TV specials and released in theaters.
Using topics such as his notoriously short stature, parenting and the hip hop community in his material, Hart captures the humorous side of everyday life.
Kevin Hart was raised by his mother in Philadelphia and moved to New York to attend community college. He later moved to Massachusetts and started winning comedy competitions before becoming a nationally recognized comedian.
Today, Hart is just as likely to be making appearances on stages across the U.S. on his comedy tours as appearing in movies and sitcoms, and even hosting awards shows.
Kevin Hart is making history … as a comedian who is able to see the humor in life. His stand-up acts have been made into television specials and featured on Comedy Central, and he has transferred his comedic skills onto the big and small screens, appearing in movies like Scary Movie 3, Soul Plane, Death At a Funeral and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Hart also hosted the 2011 BET Awards last June, and his most recent stand-up performance, Laugh At My Pain, was released in AMC theaters last September.
What’s next for Kevin?
In addition to his international comedy tour, Hart is appearing in three movies scheduled for release this year, including a movie based on actor Steve Harvey’s best-selling relationship book, Think Like A Man, where Hart stars in a lead role alongside singer/actor Chris Brown and actress Gabrielle Union. The movie hits theaters on March 9th.
In his own words …
“I’m a student of comedy. I don’t just do it, I’ve studied it,” Hart told Source Magazine. “I love to tell stories, paint pictures for audiences and let them see what I see, but through my eyes, through my stories.”
A little-known fact about Kevin Hart…
Before making it big in comedy, Hart worked as a shoe salesman in Brockton, Massachusetts.