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The Original Kings of Comedy

  • Documentary
  • 2000
  • Spike Lee
  • 111 mins
  • 15

Summary

Spike Lee documentary following the chaotic events both on and off stage during a raucous tour by four of America's funniest black comedians, Steve Harvey, Bernie Mac, DL Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

This is the least controversial of all director Spike Lee's movies: although the views on race in America are as hard-hitting as those in Do the Right Thing or Bamboozled, here they are embodied in the words and gestures of four black comedians. Lee's documentary, filmed in Charlotte, North Carolina, uses the quartet's blisteringly hilarious presence as a battering ram to jolt us into laughing at human bigotries. Steve Harvey, DL Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer and Bernie Mac are the wisecracking four, who draw on a vaudeville background that has all but disappeared - "I don't mind your walking out," Bernie Mac tells his intimidated audience, "it's when you walk towards me that I start to worry." There are few British comics who can stand up to these stand-ups when it comes to outrageous comments on real life; with this film, Lee gives them a well-deserved global audience at last.

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Credits

Cast

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Steve HarveySteve Harvey
DL HughleyD L Hughley
Cedric the EntertainerCedric the Entertainer
Bernie MacBernie Mac

Crew

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DirectorSpike Lee

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2000-11-24
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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