The Grio.com is the first African-American video news site, specifically geared towards bringing stories of interest to that community. Launched by NBC News, it’s editorial mission is to be the primary news source for the Black community on a national level. Being that February is Black History Month, they are interviewing 100 people who they feel are making a positive effect in the Black community.
One of those people, not surprisingly is comedian Kevin Hart, who jokingly demanded to know what number he was out of the 100. He sounded very serious when he said he felt he should be around number 6! (LOL) He definitely wanted to at least be grouped in with Whoopi Goldberg! (LOL)
NBC made arrangements to meet Kevin at The Comic Strip, and Todd Johnson, the host/producer from NBC gave Comedy Matters TV permission to attend and film the event.
These were some of the insights Kevin shared with NBC:
- On why he goes to see other comics perform: “You study your craft, and watch other people so you don’t talk about what other people are talking about! I’m always writing. My job is to observe.”
- About his Dad – “My Dad was on drugs during my teenage years. He went away for a long time, came back and was still on drugs. He finally went to rehab, and now we’re close. I don’t judge my Dad. Growing up, people would tell me my Dad was a crackhead, but I didn’t believe it until my brother told me.”
- When asked about his breaking Eddie Murphy’s record on ticket sales: “What Eddie Murphy’s done for comedy is on a completely different level than what I can do or have done. He’s on a different plateau. I’m happy I sold the tickets, but for me there’s no breaking Eddie Murphy’s record.”
- On the fact that people like to put down Soul Plane – “ Me and the cast are probably the only people who stick by Soul Plane. I liked Soul Plane. Soul Plane is the reason for my success. You take Paper Soldiers and Soul Plane away and you don’t have Kevin Hart being Kevin Hart.
Soul Plane was a movie that starred Kevin Hart. Whether you liked it or not, I’m funny in it, the movie has funny moments, and it had a bunch of people in it like Snoop Dogg, D.L. Hughley, Mo’Nique, and Sofia Vergara.
Was the movie supposed to be great? An award-winning movie? No! Who takes Soul Plane seriously? It’s supposed to be dumb. If you sat there watching that movie seriously and judging it, you should probably kill yourself! (Big laughs!)
Kevin is one of only a handful of comedians ever to release a live performance as a feature film. That group includes Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Eddie Griffin, Martin Lawrence, and maybe three more so he’s in very special company.
He put up his own money to release Laugh At My Pain in 200 theatres, which is considered a limited release and it’s already brought in millions of dollars. He’s also got 3 million followers on Twitter, about a million more than he had the last time I saw him which wasn’t that long ago! The man is a phenomenon.
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