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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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Heavyweights of comedy See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

Gross USA:

$38,182,790

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,182,790
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Runtime:

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

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.
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Connections

References Thelma & Louise (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want to be Free
Written by Billy Beck (as Willy Beck), Marshall E. Jones (as Marshall Jones), Ralph Middlebrooks, Clarence Satchell, James 'Diamond' Williams (as James Williams), Leroy 'Sugarfoot' Bonner (as Leroy Bonner)and Marvin Pierce
Performed by Ohio Players
Courtesy of Mercury Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises.
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Look,mommy filmed our comedy show with her camcorder.
19 August 2000 | by tim-401See all my reviews

2 hours of incredible comedy from 4 incredible comedians.

Easily the best comedy showcase since Eddie Murphy "Raw", possibly since Bill Cosby's "Himself". If you have never seen these stars perform their stand-up before, you are really missing out. The only problem with this "film" is the "filming" itself. I use quotes because this movie was recorded entirely with digital cameras, which, at times, look like your mom's video tape of your 8th grade school play. I don't understand how Spike Lee can even credit himself in this movie. It doesn't take a genius to put a camera on the front of the stage and periodically pan to the crowd. (-Groundbreaking work, Spike! ) In conclusion, this is the best comedy film I've seen in years even if it does look like 1985 CBS file footage of an NBA game.


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