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Shadow and Act

The Continuum of Black Stand-up Comedy, Pt. 2: 'The Original Kings of Comedy'

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • April 11, 2013 10:46 AM
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When four of the most popular Black comedians of the time came together for a stand-up comedy film directed by Spike Lee, a lot of people watched, and laughed. Continuing an established black stand-up tradition paved by Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy and Red Foxx, "The Original Kings of Comedy" (2000) saw Bernie Mac, Steve Harvey, DL Hughley and Cedric The Entertainer reprise popular, controversial topics of race, Black family dynamics and religion with distinctly different twists.