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“All comedy roads today, lead to Def Comedy Jam.”
Dave Chappelle, Steve Harvey, Martin Lawrence, D.L. Hughley and more of comedy’s heavy hitters reunited for a special night of laughs for Def Comedy Jam 25, a new special which began streaming on Netflix on Tuesday.
The comedy celebration was filmed at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on Sept. 9, and pays tribute to the comedians behind a show “responsible for more stolen cable than any other television,” as Chappelle joked.
Chappelle, Harvey, Sheryl Underwood and Cedric the Entertainer kick off the 80-minute special playing as a comedy collision of self-deprecation and social topics like racism and police brutality, a sprinkle of politics (President Donald Trump comes up more than once) and tons of laughs, with appearances from Tracy Morgan, Katt Williams, Craig Robinson, Bill Bellamy, Mike Epps, Tiffany Haddish and many more.
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Some of the most iconic moments from HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” were about relationships, sex, and culture. But the comics who appeared on Russell Simmons and Bob Sumner’s stand-up show didn’t shy away from the current events of the time, either – everything from O.J. Simpson’s freeway chase to the beating of Rodney King and subsequent L.A. riots were fair game. So it’s no surprise that reuniting some of the best from the show’s original run for Netflix’s 25th anniversary special would come with ample commentary on the politics of today.
The “Def Comedy Jam 25” special, which was taped on Sept. 10 in Los Angeles, mixed live performances from Def Jam legends like Cedric the Entertainer, Adele Givens, Eddie Griffin, Tracy Morgan and Mike Epps with pre-taped messages from stars like Chris Rock and Kevin Hart as well as footage from classic sets.
Putting together so many quick-witted comedians under one »
- Danielle Turchiano
The studio is keeping the Dec. 22 release date for the Alcon Entertainment production.
J.K. Simmons and former pro football player Terry Bradshaw, who is playing himself, are potential father figures to Wilson and Helms’ characters — who are brothers whose eccentric mother raised them to believe their father died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out to find their real father.
The brothers’ mother Helen Baxter (portrayed Glenn Close) admits at her wedding that she stretched the truth about their father dying when they were young. “I’m not sure who your father was,” she says in the first trailer for the film.
- Dave McNary
Netflix is set to run a new “Def Jam Comedy” special in honor of the 25th anniversary of the HBO stand up comedy series, the streaming giant announced Thursday.
The iconic show originally ran on HBO from 1992 to 1996. It was also revived in 2006. Produced by Russell Simmons, the show featured and helped the launch careers of comedians like Martin Lawrence, Cedric the Entertainer, and Sheryl Underwood to name a few.
The lineup for the anniversary special currently includes: Bill Bellamy, Cedric the Entertainer, Dave Chappelle, Mike Epps, Adele Givens, Eddie Griffin, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Kid Capri, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Craig Robinson, Jb Smoove, Sommore, Joe Torry, Sheryl Underwood and Katt Williams.
Watch the first teaser for “Def Comedy Jam 25” above.
The special is the latest in Netflix’s push »
- Joe Otterson
Netflix is bringing back “Def Comedy Jam” for its 25th anniversary, the streaming service announced Thursday. The teaser introduces a number of big names that’ll be appearing, including Bill Bellamy, Cedric the Entertainer, Dave Chappelle, Mike Epps, Adele Givens, Eddie Griffin, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Kid Capri, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Craig Robinson, Jb Smoove, Sommore, Joe Torry, Sheryl Underwood and Katt Williams. Netflix added that due to the big celebration, there will also be surprise guests, tributes and performances. Also Read: Jon Stewart Returns to HBO for First Stand-Up Special in 21 Years Stan Lathan, »
- Carli Velocci
It's that time again: Netflix is purging some of our favorite titles to make way for some fresh movies and TV shows. Although we'll be sad to lose movies like Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street right before Halloween, the list of new options (Beauty and the Beast!) is equally exciting. Without further ado, here are all of the movies and TV shows you'll need to say goodbye to this September. Sept. 1 Better Off Ted, season two Do Not Disturb Frailty Hope Floats Jackass: The Movie Julia Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: King of Shadows Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: Way of the Ninja Rv The Batman, seasons one-five The Deep End, season one The Omen Wilfred, seasons one-two Something's Gotta Give Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Tears of the Sun Scream A Nightmare on Elm Street Sept. 3 Drumline: A New Beat Sept. 4 The A-List Sept. »
- Quinn Keaney
Knight was accompanied by members of his family in a Los Angeles courtroom; according to the Los Angeles Times, his son wore a T-shirt that read “Free Suge.”
In January, 2015, Knight was arrested on murder charges for running over Terry Carter while on the film’s Compton set with his car. »
- Variety Staff
In today’s roundup, David Haydn-Jones has been cast in a Hallmark Channel film, and “Phelps vs Shark” was Discovery’s highest-rated telecast ever in several demographics.
Discovery‘s “Shark Week” special “Phelps vs Shark” was the network’s highest-rated “Shark Week” telecast ever in adults 25-54, women 25-54, and women 18-49, according to Nielsen data. The special also attracted 5 million total viewers. It saw Phelps attempt to outswim a great white shark, but many fans were disappointed Phelps didn’t actually get into the water with the beast, rather racing against a CGI shark.
“Supernatural’s” David Haydn-Jones has been cast as the romantic lead opposite Autumn Reeser in Hallmark Channel‘s new film “A Bramble House Christmas.” Hadyn-Jones will play Finn Conrad, a young man who goes undercover to figure out why his father left a nurse $50,000. Once he meets her and realizes why, however, his original mission becomes less important than winning »
- Erin Nyren
Drake, Kanye West, Migos and Tyler Perry got put through the ringer before being allowed to perform at Philips Arena in Atl ... while Amy Schumer and Bon Jovi got the VIP treatment. And why?? Blackness ... allegedly. A former Atlanta Hawks security manager -- who also ran event security at Philips Arena -- is suing the team claiming he was wrongly fired after pointing out a system of discrimination against black celebs at the arena, which »
- TMZ Staff
Katt Williams just got a big break -- the result of a plea deal -- his felony assault with a deadly weapon case has been dismissed. Katt's lawyer, Shawn Holley, was in court Tuesday when the judge threw out the case involving an altercation at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood back in 2014, when Katt drew a gun on a guy after his set. The alleged victim was someone trying to film Katt for a documentary. »
- TMZ Staff
Katt Williams is dodging jail time for the alleged robbery of paparazzo in Bev Hills by copping a plea. The oft-arrested comedian plead no contest Monday to felony 2nd degree robbery in the case involving his buddy Suge Knight. The duo were accused of confronting a female photog back in 2014. She was recording them, when they got pissed and allegedly jacked her gear. Much of the incident was captured on camera. Katt was immediately sentenced to 3 years probation, »
- TMZ Staff
Katt Williams can scratch one legal entanglement off of his list. Comedian Williams reached a plea deal in a long-running case against him on Monday, pleading no contest to a felony count of second-degree robbery, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. In exchange for the plea, Williams was sentenced to three years of formal probation. The comedian was also ordered by a judge to complete 54 weeks of anger management classes. Also Read: Katt Williams Punched His Female Assistant, Lawsuit Says Monday’s plea deal stems from a Sept. 2014 incident, during which Williams stole a camera from a female photographer in. »
- Tim Kenneally
In the latest legal entanglement for Katt Williams, the comedian is being sued by a woman who says she was beaten and short-changed on her pay while working as Williams’ assistant. In the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, Yadira A. Torres says she was hired as Williams’ assistant in 2012, and was subjected not just to underpayment but verbal and physical abuse. Also Read: Katt Williams Ordered to Pay $86K in Pool-Store Assault Lawsuit In one instance, Torres says, she rescued Williams from a car crash, only to be verbally abused by the comedian and restrained in a. »
- Tim Kenneally
Katt Williams was a violent, cheap boss who once held her captive in a hotel room ... so claims a former assistant and she's now suing him. Yadira Torres says she's the woman the comedian punched back in July 2016 at Sportsmen's Lodge restaurant in Studio City that landed Katt in jail. Yadira says that was the last straw but adds the abuse started long before that. In docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Yadira says Katt came up short paying her, »
- TMZ Staff
Katt Williams’ pool-supply budget just took a big hit. The comedian has been ordered to pay more than $86,000 in damages stemming from a lawsuit filed by a pool-supply store employee who claimed that Williams clocked him in the face at a time when he was still recovering from brain surgery, according to plaintiff Paul Love’s attorneys. Love claimed in his suit that Williams came into Leslie’s Pool Supplies in Gainesville, Georgia, in February 2016 and piled 30-35 items on the counter. Also Read: Katt Williams Slapped With $1 Million Lawsuit for Allegedly Beating His Assistant According to Love, when he began to. »
- Tim Kenneally
Katt Williams' silence is golden for the brain surgery patient who sued him ... in fact, $86,000 worth of gold! A Georgia judge just ordered the comedian to fork over that dough to Paul Love, who sued Katt last year for allegedly punching him in the head when Love was 10 weeks into recovering from brain surgery. The legal victory was easy, considering Katt went Mia ... and never responded to the lawsuit. We broke the story ... Katt »
- TMZ Staff
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