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A concert film featuring four major African American stand up comedians.

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February 26 and 27, 2000, the Original Kings of Comedy play Charlotte, NC. The themes are Blacks and Whites, men and women, old-school and hip-hop. Steve Harvey emcees, celebrates '70s music and lyrics of love, and pokes at folks in the front row. D.L. Hughley mines racial differences and talks about his marriage. Cedric the Entertainer riffs on a Black president and on being grown up. Bernie Mac, who says he expresses what's in the back of our minds, closes with reflections on being 42 (new aspects to his sex life and his attitude toward children). Spike Lee's camera takes us backstage and off-stage with the Kings and into the crowd where everyone's laughing. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for language and sex related humor | See all certifications »
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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$11,053,832 (USA) (18 August 2000)

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$38,168,022 (USA) (17 November 2000)
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Near the end of the movie, Bernie Mac goes on a rant about not having his own television show. The very next year, he was indeed given his own show with The Bernie Mac Show (2001), which was based on the routine about his sister's kids that features in this film. See more »

Quotes

D.L. Hughley: You can't fire white folk. You fire white folk, you'd best believe somebody gettin' shot that day. "I'm fired? I'll be right back, you sons of bitches." You fire a brother, we be mad for a different reason. "How come you didn't call me at home, motherfucker? You knew I was fired yesterday. Makin' me burn up all my goddamn gas." Black folk kill you about that gas, 'cause we don't fill up all the way, don't we? Just enough gas for the trip we going on. "Gimme two dollars on Pump 1, please. I ...
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Featured in Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy (2009) See more »

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Ghetto
Written by Kirk Jones, Ross Sloan, and Francis Palacios.
Performed by Sticky Fingas.
Courtesy of Universal Records, Inc.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises.
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is that man insane??
30 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

this movie had me laughing to the point where i found it hard to breath. some jokes are risqué and a little raunchy, but then so is life. this movie can be watched safely by adults young and old as i can attest to as i watched it confidently with my mother (!) who was in tears. everyone i know who has watched it tells me stories of laughing to dangerous extremes. one friend watching it in a less than crowded theatre was concerned she might choke and there would be no one to save her! each comedian has strong memorable material that rings true. my only problem with it is finding it on the sightread in the UK, better distribution of all "black" movies please.


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