Spotlighting: Kevin Hart
Dressed in all black and armed with a golden microphone – comedian, actor, writer,
producer ‘Kevin Hart‘ – recently took to the stage at Philadelphia Lincoln Financial Field,
and made history in front of an at-capacity crowd of 50,000 fans (a stand-up ‘tour de
force’ no other comedian can claim as their own). The “Kevin Hart: What Now?” comedy
tour (156 shows, 112 cities, 13 countries, 5 continents), is just one of many career
threads carefully woven into Mr. Hart’s impressive body of work (making the “Laugh at
My Pain” rockstar one of the most bankable heavyweights to ever rip the stage).
Since 2006, Jerry Seinfeld has been billed the insurmountable ‘Monarch of Monologue’.
Jerry’s combined ‘pretax earnings’ over the last 10 years top $900 million, and year after
year he has claimed the supreme spot on the FORBES list of the world’s highest-paid
comedians. Well, it’s a new day, and a new funny man has just stepped into the limelight;
he hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he’s raw … he’s royal … and he’s more than
ready of take the lead among industry peers.
For the first time since FORBES began delving into the money of ‘the funny business’, a
comedian other than Seinfeld owns the title of ‘Top-earning Stand-up Performer’.
Between June 2015 and June 2016, Kevin Hart made $87.5 million—an earning spread
of $40 million over Seinfeld’s $43.5 million. This financial haul has given ‘Hart’ a Top 10
footing on the Celebrity 100 (FORBES’ annual list of celebrity money-makers). Now, with
an impressive financial nod from FORBES to back this Philly native’s impeccable grind,
the words of famed comedian ‘Martin Lawrence’ seem more than apropos … KEVIN,
YOU GO BOY!
Each time we watch ‘Hart’ deliver a side-splitting performance, he pays respect to the
comedic legends who share(d) his gift for making us laugh, and we have nothing but love
for Kevin’s avant-garde brand of comedy that insists on originality. He is esteemed in our
hearts for being unafraid to blaze his own path with a torch handed to him by comedic
masters of stage: “Richard Pryor”, “Jackie Gleason”, “Moms Mabley”, “Jack Benny”,
“Lucille Ball”, “Flip Wilson”, “Carol Burnett”, “Jerry Lewis”, “Robin Williams”, “Redd Foxx”,
“John Belushi”, “Paul Mooney”, “Jerry Seinfeld”, “Eddie Murphy”, “Martin Lawrence”, and
the incomparable “Kings of Comedy” (Steve Harvey, Cedric The Entertainer, D.L.
Hughley, Bernie Mack).
As we wait in anticipation of the fiery exploit of Hart’s future endeavors, we take a
moment to give a well-deserved salute to a skilled entertainer who deserves every
ounce of fame that is now racing his way. Mr. Kevin Darnell Hart, dude, you R-★-C-K!
Through his vision to build and brand himself for bigger and better opportunities, Kevin
has even developed a multi-faceted production company that bears his name “HartBeat
Productions”. True to his Philly roots, the pint-size performer has kept a number of
childhood friends close by his side to assist with business operation and development,
as well as share in the excitement of Kevin’s professional scores which include: “Kevin
Hart: What Now?” – 2016 comedy film (Halle Berry, Don Cheadle) | “Central Intelligence”
– 2016 (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) | “Ride Along 2” – 2016 (Ice Cube, Tyrese Gibson,
Sherri Shepherd, ) | “Secret Life of Pets” – 2016 (Kevin Hart – voice of ‘Snowball’) | “Get
Hard” – 2015 (Will Farrell, T.I., Craig T. Nelson) | “The Wedding Ringer” – 2015 (Josh
Gad, Affion Crockett, Jennifer Lewis) | “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” – 2012 international
comedy film | “Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain” – 2011 comedy film, Microsoft Theater L.A.
| “Ride Along” – 2014 (Ice Cube, Laurence Fishburne, Gary Owen, Tika Sumpter, John
Leguizamo) | BET original series “Real Husbands of Hollywood” – 2013 to Present (Boris
Kodjoe, Nick Cannon, Duane Martin, Nelly, J.B. Smoove, Robin Thicke, Cynthia Kaye
McWilliams) | “Kevin Hart: I’m a Grown Little Man” – 2009 comedy documentary | “Soul
Plane” – 2004 (Snoop Dogg, Sophia Vergara, Tom Arnold, Method Man, K.D. Aubert,
Mo’Nique, Sommore, Terry Crews, LaLa Anthony, John Witherspoon). Each
aforementioned credit echos the question Halle’s Bond-girl character poses to Hart –
during the final scene of the mini-spy-movie trailer from his record-breaking stand-up
show … Kevin, WHAT NOW?
Mr. Hart, our media team and partners respectfully ask the same question, what more could you want? In the spirit of good humor, we’ll use a bit of editorial license to offer a few suggestions that may fit into your busy schedule. Perhaps you could agree to an exclusive interview with T.J. Speaks for an upcoming edition of ‘the TZ Element Online Magazine’. Then of course, there’s always the option to utilize up-and-coming artists featured on the powerfully informative ‘Indie Face Radio Podcast Show’, to assist with the evolution of stage and media projects for “HartBeat Productions”. Or, maybe you would be interested in testing your strength and endurance in a charity fitness challenge with celebrity fitness expert ‘Trainer – Z’, having all proceeds go to the charity of your choice (we’ll let you decide … we’re patient, take your time).
If Kev’s credits to date (yes, the ‘Chocolate Droppa’ has a slew of nicknames), are not
enough to suggest an inevitable plan to elevate his craft to new and heroic heights,
nothing else will. But, wait! Like seriously, what new feat could he possibly attempt, that
hasn’t already been achieved? He has already received an induction into the Hollywood
Walk of Fame, has a history making performance of NFL proportions, and holds the
undivided attention of loyal fans right in the palm of his hand. In essence, the world is his
to entertain in any manner he chooses.
Well, no matter what Kevin decides, what matters most is the uncompromising respect
and adoration he receives from his fans and industry peers. We wish Kevin the best in
whatever he deems best for his career. Although we’re eager to get a sneak peek of
what’s next, one thing is certain, we can expect this witty virtuoso to pound the world’s
funny bone with what we need most right now (united laughter). “If you can laugh
together, you can live together … if you can live together, then, you can love together,”
Hart is cited as saying, during his renowned Philly performance. A warm and wise
perspective from an artist whose unique marque of laughter – makes the ‘HART’ grow fonder.