Somebody help me because this is a serious question: is Kevin Hart funny?
And then if so, how?
I mean, I can’t think of anything he’s ever said that was funny.
And yes, I’ve seen all of his stand ups and over a dozen of his movies and while I think he has genuine acting talent, I don’t think he’s funny at all.
I mean, I actually liked Soul Plane. I thought it was right up there – or down there, considering your perspective – with Pootie Tang.
And he’s in This is the End which, for my money, was one of the 10 best movies so far this decade.
But my problem, if we’re gonna make it a problem because you cape for Kevin Hart and the whole topic of his possibly not being funny has offended you, is that with Hart, where there should be humor, I only see mania.
And don’t get me wrong, being manic can be funny. Sam Kinison absolutely killed with that hustle until it literally -and pardon this ghastly and shameful pun – killed him.
Even his mentor, the legendary Rodney Dangerfield worked the “nervous tick” bit for comic effect.
But Kevin Hart doesn’t have the jokes, doesn’t have the style and doesn’t have the timing, mechanics or delivery of a great comedian to me.
And I hate to feel like I’m the only one that feels that way.
I mean, there are Kevin Hart Stans out there. People that love that dude.
To me however, he’s just a step below or maybe even beside Mike Epps, who is also not funny.
But even Mike Epps had a few funny moments.
That scene in Lottery Ticket where he’s the reverend and his projection on the screen behind him seems to be doing some kind of funky dance move from the 70’s got a chuckle outta me. He also said his wife (in the movie) had a body like a bag of laundry. Good stuff there.
But the titans of the game; Rich Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, even signature white boys like George Carlin, they all that routines or at least bits that you remembered because they hit you on your head and knocked you on your ass at the same time.
Who doesn’t remember Pryor’s “Wino Dealing with Dracula” or Dave Chappelle’s infamous Rick James skit? Eddie Murphy had stand-up skit called “Boxers” where he does Larry Holmes and knocks Holmes lisp and intention to become a commercial endorser.
Have you heard that? “It’s a good thoup, it’s a hot thoup, it’s a liquid thoup, it’s a Chunky thoup“?
And of course, George Carlin has the “7 Dirty words“.
What does Kevin Hart have?
And again, don’t get me wrong. I know I’m probably alone on this. The guy has fans and makes money so he’s gotta be doing something right.
And I’d be the last to knock anybody’s hustle. If Kevin Hart made even one less dollar because I wrote this shit I’d feel terrible because that’s not my intention.
I just want somebody to tell me whether or not he his funny and then if he is, explain how.
I mean, I know comedy is supposed to be self-explanatory and if it has to be explained to you it loses it’s intent.
But I’m just tired of feeling like the only one that doesn’t get it.