Kevin Hart to do seven stand-up shows this weekendWritten by Betsy Woodruff | | email@example.com
Kevin Hart is lucky. In 1998, he was working at a sneaker store when a friend dared him to try out stand-up comedy. Instead of feeling jittery, he loved the experience.
“I said, ‘I’m not doing anything else,’” Hart said.
“I had a ball.”
He said that pure luck was the reason he ended up in the movie business; he was in the right place at the right time, and made an audition tape that helped him get a manager and an agent.
“Word got out this guy is actually kind of funny,” he said.
During the next few years, he developed a successful acting career, which includes roles in “Along Came Polly,” “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and “Soul Plane.” He has worked alongside a variety of stars, including Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, and Snoop Dogg.
He is filming “35 and Ticking” and focusing on his stand-up career.
After finishing a larger tour of 2000-3000 seat venues, he is spending this summer performing in more intimate venues, including the Funny Bone. During the course of this tour, called Seriously Funny, he will be trying out new jokes on smaller audiences before he begins another large tour at the end of September. He said he hopes to build confidence in the fresh material and loves developing new jokes.
“Rebuilding and finding out who you are and what you want to talk about, that’s the best part of comedy,” he said.
As his life has changed, so has his material. Since he began performing at comedy clubs, he has had a daughter and a son: Heaven, age 5, and Hendrix, 2. He has found fresh inspiration for some of his routines in his new experiences as a father — material he never could have developed when he began his career as a comic over 10 years ago.
“The older and more mature you get, the more mature your jokes get,” he said. “I pride myself on joking about family.”
He compared his style to that of young Bill Cosby’s and said that his audience appreciates his new focus on his family and children. Everyone can relate to his material.
“I talk about what I know: kids, family, life, marriage.”
His family has always supported him in pursuing a career as a comedian. Sometimes he takes his brother on tour with him.
“It’s not that I’m making fun,” he said. “I’m putting my life out there on display for other people to look at and laugh at.”
He prefers sharing his life with a live audience through stand-up comedy to acting in movies.
“Stand up is the best, there’s nothing like it,” he said. “That’s my drug. I feed my addiction. I love being on stage. I love being in front of people.”
His advice for aspiring comedians?
“If there’s something you want to do, do it. Don’t talk about it, or it won’t get done.”
Hart will perform seven shows at the Funny Bone from June 3 to June 6. Tickets are $25.