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

Shadow and Act By Nijla Mumin | Shadow and Act April 11, 2013 at 10:46AM

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.
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'The Original Kings of Comedy'
'The Original Kings of Comedy'

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.

In one of his most hilarious routines, the late Bernie Mac gives new meaning to "Milk and Cookies" as he describes the unruly behavior of a niece and nephew who torment him with their requests. With his unforgettable flurry of language and tone, Mac manages to bring the children to life, while also disciplining them and directing the audience’s rolling laughter. This skit and others undoubtedly laid the foundation for his later venture in TV with "The Bernie Mac Show," which aired for several seasons.

Have you ever seen the film? What were some of your favorite routines or moments? What Black stand-up films kept you laughing?

XFINITY On Demand™ is currently featuring some of your favorite funny films, from the stand-up comedians in "The Original Kings of Comedy" and "The Queens of Comedy” to classics such as "Blazing Saddles." Learn more and join the celebration of Black entertainment at xfinity.com/celebrateblacktv.

Editor’s Note: Shadow and Act partnered with XFINITY to celebrate Black entertainment. Be sure to visit xfinity.com/celebrateblacktv, a unique digital community built around the love of Black TV, film, sports, music and more. Shadow and Act hopes to enrich this community and provide a launching pad for insightful discussion. Look to Shadow and Act for features and content examining and exploring key themes and topics that run throughout the history of Black entertainment.

This article is related to: Xfinity Celebrate Black TV, The Original Kings of Comedy, Bernie Mac, Steve Harvey, Cedric The Entertainer, DL Hughley


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