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The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)

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

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Spike Lee
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Steve Harvey ... Himself
D.L. Hughley ... Himself
Cedric the Entertainer ... Himself
Bernie Mac ... Himself
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Storyline

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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We Got Jokes. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sex related humor | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Paramount Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kings of Comedy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,053,832, 20 August 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$38,182,790

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,251,106
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Spike Lee shot the film on digital video over two nights. See more »

Quotes

Bernie Mac: If you don't bust a nut when I bust a nut... then you fresh outta fuckin' luck!
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Connections

References The Hughleys (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Boat Main Title
Written by Charles Fox and Paul Williams
Performed by Steve Harvey.
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A portrayal of what today's society thinks is humorous
24 August 2000 | by mcdavygSee all my reviews

A lot of this movie was funny, but I was so disturbed by how intentionally racist these guys are. Half of the show was "White folks vs. Black folks." If these comedians want to continue rebuilding the wall of intolerance, then I hope that they aren't allowed to make any more movies. I was disturbed by what these men thought that they knew anything about me by the color of my skin. Leave the prejudice behind. One can still be funny talking about how they were raised or about how their family/friends act, but generalizing actions to an entire race is flat-out wrong. I am ashamed to say that I stayed throughout the whole movie. I am saddened by our society. And this sort of movie makes me lose hope in equality. Amen.


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