Guest Star: "I Wanted To Join Richard Pryor, Martin Lawrence, Eddie Murphy & The Kings Of Comedy"
Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011 3:10PM
[With the new release of his Laugh At My Pain documentary hitting theaters nationwide, comedian Kevin Hart opens up about his decision to put his real life, good and bad, on the big screen.]
This is the tour that I just did, Laugh At My Pain, and it's the last show that I did at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. There were 15,000 people and we sold out two shows. I'm talking about a lot of deep issues [such as] my mom passing away, my dad being on drugs, [as well as] relationship problems.
Talking about it, you know what, it was like therapy for me. It was just stuff that I had kept inside of me for the longest time and so I came up with a smart approach to it, a smart way to say it and still be funny.
The way I perform is based on a system that I stick to. I tour basically for about a year and a half, close to two years. It was that time where you feel like you have a finished product. You've toured and by the end of that tour you want to get an opportunity for the people that didn't get a chance to go because the show was sold out or whatever. You want to give those people an opportunity to see it.
Normally a comedy special goes to a DVD but I wanted to join an elite group of people. I wanted to join Richard Pryor, Martin Lawrence, Eddie Murphy, the Kings of Comedy. These are all people that have done stand-up films that went theatrical. Those were huge.
I felt like this was the perfect time to join them because I filmed it on such a big stage in LA, a sold out atmosphere. A lot of my friends were there and so I said, "You know what? This should go theatrical." And so we decided to make it a movie and we made the right deals and the right connects and that's what's going on.
Hart executive-produced, wrotes and starred in the ABC-TV sitcom The Big House, which debuted April 2, 2004 and was loosely based on his family in Philadelphia. He also played the lead role of Nashawn in Soul Plane(2004), about a man who is awarded $100 million as a settlement after a humiliating and horrific experience on a commercial airline flight. In 2005 he won a Platinum Mic Viewers Choice Award at the BET Comedy Awards. He has appeared in Scary Movie 4, Superhero Movie, Not Easily Broken, Meet Dave, Fool's Gold and Death at a Funeral.
Check out a preview of Kevin Hart's Laugh At My Pain below: