The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)
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Their comic material is all cut from much the same cloth and lacks variety: their viewpoint is middle-aged; their "attitude" is strenuously confrontational.
There are some good gags and routines here, but loads of them have been done with far more invention and wit by Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy.
Sorry, but the king has long been crowned -- these funny men are merely pretenders.
As a testament to the vitality of black comedy, The Original Kings Of Comedy is a success. As a comedy, however, it's sluggishly paced and not nearly funny enough to justify its two-hour running time.
The Original Kings of Comedy doesn't have the theatrical subtext or, let it be said, the genius of Richard Pryor. But then again Pryor went out for an hour or 90 minutes and just talked. These guys are working in a revue format.
Audience Reviews for The Original Kings of Comedy
I don't know why Spike Lee directed this but it's hilarious, all up in Charlotte.
I've never seen so many fat black chicks laughing at one time in one crowd. Also I only laughed hard at one joke during the entire DVD, and that was Hughley's "two week notice" bit. Steve Martin's rant about today's rap music was pretty spot on though.
Funny funny stuff.
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