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A concert film featuring four major African American stand up comedians. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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
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
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115 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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:
Steve Harvey:When you go to church that much when you're a kid, you don't really care for church that much. So what you got to do is find little things to like about church, that make you want to go. And the one thing I liked about my church might seem a little strange to you. But the one thing that made me want to go all the time was when I found out that there was people that cussed at the church. That might not do it for y'all, but dammit, that done it for me.See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A Lot of Laughs, 20 August 2000
Author: (uglykidmatt@hotmail.com) from Orange, CA

As a sometime stand-up comic, it was a great treat that this summer brought a big-name stand-up concert film, namely Spike Lee's "The Original Kings of Comedy". The film, a record of the highest-grossing comedy tour of all time, is not revolutionary and says nothing new about comedy or those who practice it. But it's chock-full of laughs, magnetism, and good, rollicking fun.

The concert in "Original Kings" was taped at Charlotte, North Carolina's Charlotte Coliseum, and it's a great testament to the often unfairly neglected stand-up art that comedy performers could fill such a prodigious space. The MC of the evening, who holds forth from an elaborately decorated stage set, is the WB's Steve Harvey, who has a wonderfully exasperated stage persona and a voice full of gusto as he sounds off about the stupidity of Rae Carruth, the idiosyncracies of black church elders, and the asininity of the band on the Titanic playing as the ship went down. He's got a rip-roaring sense of energy that gets the show started on a good note.

D.L. Hughley's set is perhaps the lowlight of the film. His delivery is not as punchy as that of the other performers, and unlike Harvey, he seems to use profanity as a crutch rather than as a proper comedy tool. Still, his performance has its moments, and he's likable enough that his onstage time doesn't get too dull.

Fortunately, things pick up when Cedric the Entertainer, a big, cuddly bear of a guy in a chocolate brown fedora, takes the stage. His set is the highlight of the film, full of sharp commentary about Tiger Woods, blacks on the space shuttle, and the particulars of a "ghetto wedding". He fills the stage with his expansive body language, and his silly dance interludes are among the best moments in the picture. Someone should give this guy his own TV show, and fast.

Closing things out is Bernie Mac, an abrasive, raspy-voiced, pop-eyed provocateur whose act is the most down-in-the-dirt of all the performers featured. His riffs on the virtues of beating children, the problem of living with a gay six-year-old nephew, and the importance of a certain twelve-letter-word to the black vocabulary, are sometimes more hostile than funny, but his gritty delivery and fast pace socks the best jokes home nicely. Besides, the audience in the theatre where I saw the film gave him applause at the end of his set, the only performer onscreen they did that for, so who am I to argue?

Lee's direction sometimes gets in the way of the performers, with showy camera moves that distract from the words. The film is at its best when Lee's cameraman, Malik Sayeed, just plops his camera down and lets the comics do their stuff. There are some nice reaction shots of the crowd, who are clearly having a great time, and the way that the laughter of the onscreen audience blends with that of the people in the theatre really makes you feel like you're part of the show.

"The Original Kings of Comedy" is not as great as earlier stand-up films like "Bill Cosby Himself" or "Eddie Murphy Raw", films that fell together more cohesively than this one does. Still, if you're looking for some Friday night laughs, you would be well advised to head to the theatre and hail to the Kings.

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