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18 August 2000 (USA) See more »
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We Got Jokes. See more »
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A concert film featuring four major African American stand up comedians. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Spike Lee's sharp direction is the movie's best element. Hilarious. ***1/2 (out of four) See more (82 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Steve Harvey ... Himself

D.L. Hughley ... Himself

Cedric the Entertainer ... Himself

Bernie Mac ... Himself

Directed by
Spike Lee 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Cedric the Entertainer 
Steve Harvey 
D.L. Hughley 
Bernie Mac 

Produced by
Troy Craig Poon .... production executive
Rylyn DeMaris .... associate producer
David Gale .... producer
Walter Latham .... producer
Spike Lee .... producer
Angelia Price .... associate producer
Butch Robinson .... co-producer
Barry Teague .... associate producer
Van Toffler .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Malik Hassan Sayeed  (as Malik Sayeed)
 
Film Editing by
Barry Alexander Brown 
 
Production Design by
Wynn Thomas  (as Wynn P. Thomas)
 
Art Direction by
Tom Warren 
 
Costume Design by
Denise Marsh 
 
Makeup Department
Herita Jones .... makeup artist
James Thomas .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Michael Ellis .... unit production manager
Maurice Marable .... production supervisor
Alicia Sams .... post-production supervisor
Seth I. Shire .... additional post supervisor (as Seth Shire)
Marcus Turner .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Ellis .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Greta Alexander .... industrial
Thomas Costabile .... carpenter
Vivienne Culwick .... scenic
Paul Dale .... scenic foreman
Christopher Doogan .... scenic (as Chris Doogan)
James Geyer .... scenic
Jeffrey L. Glave .... charge scenic (as Jeff Glave)
Kevin Golden .... scenic
Edward Haynes .... scenic
Joyce Leipertz .... scenic
Barb Livingston .... props
Bill Lowry .... construction grip
Todd MacNicholl .... key construction grip
Leonardo Mastrantoni .... art department production assistant (as Leo Mastrantoni)
Michele Mayas .... scenic
Bradley Mayer .... assistant art director
Tim McMillan .... construction grip
Fred Milton .... art department production assistant
Daniel Otteson .... set dresser
Carl Prinzi .... construction grip
Joseph Proscia .... leadman
Moshe Rabinowitz .... shopcraft
Malcolm Reid .... key shopcraft
Raymond M. Samitz .... construction coordinator (as Raymond Samitz)
Michael Scarola .... construction grip
William J. Schwing Jr. .... set dresser (as William Schwing)
Ilya Shevel .... scenic
Korey Washington .... art director: concert tour
 
Sound Department
William R. Barnes .... additional sound
David Boulton .... adr mixer
Laura Civiello .... sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Stuart Deutsch .... boom operator
Ben D. Griffith Jr. .... additional sound
David Imber .... house sound
Rolf Pardula .... production sound mixer
Mike Poppleton .... assistant sound editor
Alex Raspa .... adr recordist
Jeffrey Stern .... supervising sound editor
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Alison Andoos .... inferno artist
Tim Farrell .... Inferno artist
Abby Okin .... effects producer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Aldridge .... first assistant camera
Andre Allen .... video switcher
John Bentham .... camera operator
Scott Brinson .... lighting designer
Lamont Crawford .... key grip
Kerwin DeVonish .... camera operator
Randy Greer .... camera operator
Tom Guadarama .... video engineer in charge
Chris Hall .... camera operator
Herb Harton .... camera operator
Laurel Hughes .... first assistant camera
Monte Johnson .... tour video engineer
Charles Eric Jones .... best boy grip
Jamie A. Marlowe .... first assistant camera (as Jamie Marlowe)
John Mayo .... electric
Jack McCullum .... best boy electric
Mick McNeeley .... camera operator
Gordon Minard .... camera operator
Bob Newcomb .... camera operator (as Robert Newcomb)
Chris Norr .... camera operator
Keith Pickett .... gaffer (as Marshall Keith Pickett)
Marc Rainsford .... grip
Ricardo Sarmiento .... camera operator
Bret Straughn .... grip
Rick Wagner .... lighting programmer
Robert Williams .... first assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Janet Melody .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Michael Hatzer .... color timer
Richard Lee .... editing room intern
Tim Masick .... tape to tape color correction
K.A. Miille .... assistant editor (as K.A. Chisholm)
Rob Padva .... on-line editor
Jim Passon .... color timer
Bobbi Thomas .... tape to tape color correction
 
Music Department
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Alex Steyermark .... executive music producer
Massie Weissman .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Willow Jenkins .... driver: Spike Lee
 
Other crew
Richad Aguillia .... utility
Damani Andrews .... set production assistant (as Damani Yotanka Andrews)
Cheryl Anthony .... assistant: David Gale
Ruben Arana-Downs .... set production assistant
Amanda Ayers .... utility
Raymone K. Bain .... unit publicist
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Gary Bartunek .... engineer in charge assistant: video
Jackie Bazan .... public relations
Clifton Bell .... set production assistant
Ronald Betts .... utility
Troy Boggess .... set production assistant
Chet Brewster .... technical supervisor
Craig Carpenter .... set production assistant
Scott Clackum .... set production assistant
Bruce Cole .... set production assistant
Rob Crawford .... audience coordinator
Rob Crawford .... utility
Carol Davis .... craft service
Shawna-Nova Foley .... set production assistant (as Shawna Foley)
William E. Githens .... post production accountant
Leslie Gordon .... utility
Chuck Gueno .... tour stage manager
Evan Hughes .... set production assistant
Willow Jenkins .... master of time and space
Jeannie Kedas .... unit publicist
Jason Lampkin .... staff: 40 Acres
Taj Lewis .... set production assistant
Barb Livingston .... set production assistant
Ken MacFarlane .... set production assistant
Scott Macleod .... floor manager
Jonn Nubian .... technical consultant
Peggy Porter .... production coordinator
Michael Rapaport .... business manager
Irwin M. Rappaport .... attorney (as Irwin M. Rappaport Esq.)
Dan Riley .... legal assistant
Robert Salzer .... engineer in charge assistant: tape
Arnold Sampson .... set production assistant
Evelyn Santana .... public relations assistant
Cedric Sapp .... tour set assistant
Eric Schnieder .... set production assistant
Art Schultz .... utility (as Arthur B. Schultz)
Michael Singleton .... set production assistant
Jason Thomas .... key production office assistant
Tichafa Tongugora .... set production assistant
Michael Warren .... assistant to producer: NY
Doug Whitley .... location manager (as R. Douglas Whitley)
Lisa Whittington .... continuity supervisor
William M. Young .... tour stage manager
Robert Zahn .... technical consultant
John E. Ferraro .... production executive (uncredited)
Daniel Villagomez .... credits administrator (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Chet Brewster .... the filmmakers wish to thank: Davenstar Media Group
Greg Bush .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Tome Fineman .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Dione Foster .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Jaun Hill .... in loving memory of
Adonis Jeralds .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as Adonis 'Sporty' Jeralds)
Tracy Kramer .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Michael Latham .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Sherry Latham .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Kevin Marks .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Reid Marks .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Rhonda Outlaw .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Gina E. Ross .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Sharon Suttle .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Robin Tate .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Louise Williams .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Bob Zahn .... the filmmakers wish to thank: BVR
 

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Rated R for language and sex related humor
Runtime:
115 min
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Trivia:
Spike Lee shot the film on digital video over two nights.See more »
Quotes:
Cedric the Entertainer:Never in history did you hear about 17 or 18 of us gettin' killed nowhere altoghether. 'Cuz we run. We run when somebody else runs. We don't ask no questions why we runnin', we just get our ass up and start damn running.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Tosh.0: Prom Girl (#2.6)" (2010)See more »
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2 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Spike Lee's sharp direction is the movie's best element. Hilarious. ***1/2 (out of four), 22 October 2000

***1/2 (out of four)

"The Original Kings of Comedy" is a documentary filmed in Charlotte, North Carolina during the "Kings of Comedy" tour where four stand up comedians, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bernie Mac, crack jokes about race, sex, families, and human responses. This film works as a behind the scenes look at a standup comedy routine and just as a plain comedy. There are many incidences of explosive hilarity thanks to the perfect timing and audacity of the comedians. Although more appropriate as an HBO comedy special, Paramount Pictures made a wise decision to release this production nation wide as box office reports prove. That proves American audiences are thirsty for insightful comedy, regardless of format.

Steve Harvey is the movie's opening comedian, the most smooth, clever, charismatic, and aggressive towards the audience. He comes on between each performance and does a short reaction analysis with the viewers. Harvey makes some very funny wisecracks about the music industry, the movie "Titanic," and stereotypes black churches. He ventures an energetic, high-spirited sense of humor that really gets the audience revved up.

Next up in line is D.L. Hughley, the star of the television sitcom "The Hughleys." Steve Harvey is much more charismatic in his style of humor than Hughley, who concentrates more on a macho approach to racism, sex, and profanity. That is not to say this comedian's humor is not sharp with an observant comic edge. He cracks some very funny jokes about Christianity and Jesus. He is not quite as energetic or punchy as the three other performers, though.

The third performer is Cedric the Entertainer, who does a perceptive routine on white people's secure "hope" lifestyle and black people's confrontational "wish" lifestyle. He also observes how each race deals with presidential debates and Monica Lewinski. Cedric also humors white people's cowardly sights on violence, as well as smoking, the music industry, Tiger Woods, and even space shuttles. All of this is right on the money with his wide range of body language, including a hilarious dance routine. Cedric the Entertainer is perhaps the best of the four comedians in "The Original Kings of Comedy."

Finishing off is Bernie Mac, star of movies such as "Life" and "The Player's Club." He is the most racially profound and fastest on his toes with perverse humor. His jokes about sex are absolutely hilariously correct. He also explains what the word "m*therf*cker" means in the black language: a noun, a person, place or thing. Although Cedric the Entertainer is the most entertaining, Bernie Mac is by far the most hilarious comedian in the film; he got thundering, explosive laughter from the audience.

"The Original Kings of Comedy" is unsparing in racial humor. However, it is not really prejudice, just racially observant. It compares both black and white people in amusing methods, but does not rip on either race. It takes careful consideration to discuss race in comedy and not go over the top.

Spike Lee's sharp direction makes the movie involving. He often observes backstage life of the comedians to give us "behind the scenes" entertainment; several of the individual comedians are interviewed; studio audience members observing the comedy routine in the film are often examined to see their reactions to the comedian's antics. Lee, who's most recent credits include the raunchy, gritty "Summer of Sam," and fable-like "Bamboozled," is what gives this film its intelligence, and even though he captures many other aspects of the production, he never lets his style get in the way of letting the comedians bring down the house.

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