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Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart

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Kevin Hart (born July 3, 1980), is an American actor and comedian. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hart started his career by winning several amateur comedy competitions at clubs throughout the New England area, and he got his first real break in 2001 when he was cast by Judd Apatow for a recurring role on the TV series Undeclared. The series only lasted one season, but it was enough for him to get his name out and land other roles in movies like Paper Soldiers, Scary Movie 3, and Along Came Polly. His comedic reputation began to grow with the release of his first stand-up album I'm a Grown Little Man in 2009. This was followed by Seriously Funny in 2010, and in 2011 Laugh at My Pain in 2011, most arguably his most successful stand-up act so far.[1]

Stand-up career

Kevin's first comedic gig was at the Laff House in Philadelphia under the name of Lil Kev, which didn't go well at all.[3] He went through a slump at first when he was booed off stage several times, and once a man even threw a piece of chicken at him while he was on stage.[7] After a few unsuccessful shows, Kevin began entering comedy competitions throughout Massachusetts and turned his luck around.[4]

It took Kevin some time to develop his own comedic style. After an early period of trying to imitate other comedians like Chris Tucker (the "Rush Hour" star), Kevin found his own rhythm by talking about his own insecurities and his own life experiences. In his own words, "Because of what I do, it has to be an open book,” he said. “But right now this is a book that is being written."[7]

Kevin draws his inspiration from role model comedians like fellow Philadelphian Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, and Dave Chappelle.[7] He has tried to combine the best qualities of all these men into his own act. "When you talk about your flaws, people gravitate towards you," Hart said in an interview with Rolling Stone, "I'm just not that manly-man." This humble way of thinking may be somewhat attributed to his short stature, since Kevin stands only five-foot-four.[8] His humility and his strong work-ethic are two main reasons for his success.[1]

Kevin's comedy tours began in 2009 with his act entitled "I'm a Grown Little Man", followed by "Seriously Funny" in 2010, "Laugh At My Pain" in 2011, and most recently, his special called "Let Me Explain" in early 2012.[3] Hart grossed over id="mce_marker"5 million from "Laugh At My Pain", which made it one of the year's top-selling tours.[2] Kevin also has a game available through iTunes download on the iPod and iPad called "Little Jumpman". It is a platform game where the objective is to jump higher and higher. His Facebook page, Twitter account, and Youtube channel are all connected to and accessible through this app.[5]

Personal life

In 2003, Kevin married Torrie Hart and they had two children, Heaven Leigh and Hendrix. In February 2010, the couple filed for divorce over "irreconcilable differences." Hart requested joint custody and looked to prevent Torrie from receiving money in the divorce, due to the fact that she is a comedian herself with a sufficient income to support herself. The pair's relationship troubles have made their way into both of their stand-up acts. Even though rude remarks were made about one another over the course of the divorce, Kevin says there are no hard feelings, "We just didn't work out, but we're friends."[9]

Awards and honors

Kevin has appeared in several notable gigs outside of his stand-up career and the big screen. In 2012, Kevin was voted MVP of the NBA Celebrity All-star game, regardless of the fact he was ejected in the fourth quarter for cursing at the ref and taking off one of his shoes and throwing the other across the court. He had eight points and six assists in the game.[10] Kevin also hosted the 2012 VMA Awards, sponsored by MTV. His long time friend Judd Apatow, who was the director that gave him his first big break on-screen with the TV series Undeclared, was the one who recommended him for the gig.[8] Stephen Friedman, the MTV president, said that it’s “that combination of being intimately connected and yet still a little bit like, ‘Oh, my God, what am I doing here? That allows our audience to have a really powerful connection to someone that feels more like a friend, versus someone who’s a distant talent up on the stage.” Kevin hopes that this will project him further into the hosting career, “Hopefully after MTV, of course we’re talking Emmys, Oscars, whatever.”[3] In 2005, he was nominated for the BET Platinum Mic Viewers Choice Award. In 2012, Kevin walked away with a Best Actor trophy from BET for his performance in the box office hit movie Think Like A Man.

Filmography

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes

 

2002 Paper Soldiers Shawn
2003 Scary Movie 3 CJ
Death of a Dynasty P-Diddy / Cop 1 / Dance Coach / Hyper Rapper / H. Lector
2004 Along Came Polly Vic
Soul Plane Nashawn Wade
2005 The 40 Year Old Virgin Smart Tech Customer
In The Mix Busta
2006 Scary Movie 4 CJ
2006 The Last Stand F Stop/G Spot
2007 Epic Movie Silas
2008 Fool's Gold Bigg Bunny
Superhero Movie Trey
Extreme Movie Barry
Meet Dave Number 17
Drillbit Taylor Pawn Shop Dealer
2009 Party Down Dro Grizzle
Not Easily Broken Tree
Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire Zezelryck
I'm A Grown Little Man Himself
2010 Something Like a Business JoJo
Death at a Funeral Brian
Little Fockers Nurse Louis
Seriously Funny Himself
2011 35 and Ticking Cleavon
Let Go Kris Styles
The Precious One Precious McKenzie
Laugh at My Pain Himself
2012 The Five-Year Engagement Doug
Think Like a Man Cedric Teen Choice Award for Choice Hissy Fit
Exit Strategy Mannequin Head Man
Let Me Explain Himself
This Is the End Himself
TV Shows/Program
YearShowRole
2001 North Hollywood (movie) Himself
2002 Class of '06 (movie) Tony
2002 Undeclared Luke
2004 The Big House Kevin
2005 Dante (movie)
2005 Barbershop James Ricky
2005 Jake In Progress Nugget Dawson
2006 Love, Inc. James
2006 Help Me Help You Kevin
2007 The Weekend (movie) Miles
2007 All of Us Greg
2009 Party Down Dro Grizzle
2009 Kröd Mändoon and The Flaming Sword of Fire Zezelryck
2010 Cubed Security Guard
2011 Untitled Burr and Hart Project (movie)
2011 Little in Common (movie) Ty Burleson
2011 Modern Family Andre
2013 Real Husbands of Hollywood Kevin

 

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