The Original Kings of Comedy

Director Spike Lee documents the final night of the popular comedy tour featuring four black funnymen -- Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley and Bernie Mac -- who do their part to revive stand-up comedy's glory days.
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Black comedians, via Spike Lee. Hilarious concert film. Read the review
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Footage shot from over their shoulders reveals a sea of faces out of which individuals quickly emerge, as the comedians -- especially emcee Harvey -- enthrall and provoke audience members.
Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader  full review
A consistently hilarious assemblage of highlights from the hit concert tour of the same name.
Scott Foundas, Variety  full review
Seeing the film in a crowded theater is a lot more fun than watching it on TV would be, and the crappy, grainy look does create a sort of you-are-there immediacy.
Andrew O'Hehir,  full review
Under Spike Lee's direction it's one of the liveliest concert films in years.
Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution  full review
What comes out of these comedians' hearts hits the most powerful chord, and the audience wants more of it.
Elvis Mitchell, New York Times  full review
While that vulgarity eventually gets wearing, parts of their acts are so funny your cheeks hurt.
Jonathan Foreman, New York Post
Ranks right up there with Pryor's Live on Sunset Strip, Eddie Murphy's Raw and Martin Lawrence's You So Crazy.
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times  full review
Harvey is a master of timing and tone.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
All these men ... have their mirthful moments.
Kevin Maynard, Mr. Showbiz
Some of the humor on display in the movie is very funny, but much of it is offensive and demeaning.
Houston Chronicle, Houston Chronicle  full review
Time and again, we're transported by the outpouring of liberating humor from four men who know the territory.
Jay Carr, Boston Globe
This often hilarious quartet use the foul-ups, aggravations and muddles of everyday life to produce more laughs than most movies you'll see this year.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
Mac fires his comic salvos with the authoritative ease of a champion boxer.
Gene Seymour, Newsday
These kings ... eventually walk off the stage without the viewer knowing any more about them than when the film began.
What makes the film an almost nonstop ride of hilarity is the poetry in each comedian's profanity.
Ernest Hardy,
Contains an honest handful of sly and hilarious moments.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly  full review
Live comedy ... is a singularly difficult experience to capture on film, but Lee's done his level best here.
Gemma Files,
You can almost feel the electric charge between the huge, packed auditorium in Charlotte, N.C., where the film was shot, and the four comic originals on stage.
Susan Stark, Detroit News  full review
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  • Release Year: 2000
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 115 min
  • Available From: Jan 02, 2013
  • Queued by: 434 people
Directed By
Spike Lee
Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, Bernie Mac

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