D.L. Hughley is no doubt a familiar face. He created and starred in the sitcom The Hugleys, which ran for four seasons on ABC; co-starred in the intriguing but short-lived NBC drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip; and has appeared in a slew of films from Inspector Gadget to Soul Plane. But Hughley is at his best live and in front of an audience, where his quick wit and keen insight are on full display. Though he was one of the breakout stars of Spike Lee's trend-setting comedy concert film, The Original Kings of Comedy, he has less in common with the bombastic character-driven comedy of co-star Bernie Mac or the old-school swagger of Cedric the Entertainer than with his pal Bill Maher, whose HBO program Real Time is a regular showcase for Hughley. Like Maher, Hughley is able to succinctly articulate complex political points and dissect social phenomena without losing any of his comedic edge. (He even hosted his own comedy news program on CNN, D.L. Hughley Breaks the News, but it ran for only 16 episodes after Hughley allegedly pulled the plug himself.) Expect his stint at the House of Comedy to be topical and prescient, but also loose and light-hearted. 18+; 21+ for later shows.
Jan. 21-24, 8 p.m.; Jan. 22-23, 10:30 p.m., 2010
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