D. L. Hughley was born on March 6, 1963 in Los Angeles, California. During his time as a teen, Hughley was a member of the bloods, which was a lifestyle that led him to being expelled from his high school. Years later he moved past his troubled youth and eventually obtained his GED. Though it’s unclear exactly when he started doing stand-up, one thing we know for sure is that he is one of the most recognizable names in comedy today. Hughley got his first big break in 1992 as the original host of, “ComicView”, on BET. By 1998, he was writing, producing, and starring in the TV series, “The Hughleys”, which lasted until 2002. A few years later, this member of the ‘Original Kings of Comedy’, released the standup album, “D. L. Huguely: Notes from the GED section”. Since his start, he has released two books, special after special, and continues to produce content for both radio and television, spanning networks from NBC to CNN.
This week, Kaizen Komedy looks at the quick witted and energetic D. L. Hughley. The very likable Hughley tackle topics ranging from his personal life to current social and political events. He’s not afraid to be blunt with his opinions and always has the punchlines to back them up. His approach of setting up a premise and then acting it out, is a major component of his stand up. This is something he can be seen doing effortlessly and any of his specials.
Bits analyzed: Sick Days ( Kings of Comedy, 2000), Santa’s Race and The War
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