If you were to ask 100 people on the street, "Who is Kevin Hart?" you might get a seemingly endless list of movie and television credits. Whether it's from his roles in hits like The Wedding Ringer and Get Hard, or his recent hosting duties on the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, Hart is one of the most recognizable faces in all of Hollywood. This week, however, he will be making a stop in Minnesota and doing the thing that brought him to the A List: standup comedy.
Currently in the midst of the biggest comedy tour in history, Hart is bringing his What Now? tour to the Target Center Friday night, giving fans the chance to see their favorite TV and movie star back onstage.
While some may be familiar with his insanely successful 2013 standup comedy film, Let Me Explain, Hart has been tirelessly working on stages all over the world for nearly two decades. To boost your comedy cred and get you in the mood for his show this weekend, we went back and found some of the very best Kevin Hart "deep comedy cuts" from his standup career.
While Hart himself has discussed the rough start his comedy career had when he was a teenager in Philadelphia (even once having a piece of chicken thrown at him onstage), one of the earliest videos on the web of his standup shows Hart showcasing his self-aware, self-deprecating sense of humor, and ultimately crushing. The over-sized sweatshirt is a far cry from the custom suits he sports onstage these days, but the swagger is definitely intact.
Def Comedy dad
As a proud father, Hart has never been one to shy away from talking about his kids onstage. Here he is performing on Def Comedy Jam doing one of his very first bits about having a daughter. Once again, it's evident that no one is better than Hart when it comes to turning himself into a human punch line.
In 2007, Hart performed at the world's largest comedy festival, Just for Laughs, where he proved that animals weren't safe from his wrath. From vengeful ostriches to racist dolphins, Hart showed his versatility and soon after began his climb to comedy royalty.
The best SNL monologue of 2015
This one isn't necessarily a deep cut, but if you want to get a feel for Hart's more recent material, check out his monologue from this past January when he hosted Saturday Night Live. In essentially an eight-minute standup set, Hart was able to squeeze in jokes about his family, raccoons, and women without shoulders, showing that Hollywood hasn't curbed his creativity onstage.
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Friday, May 15