July 6, 1979 (age 36)
“The day you stop doing the small things is the day you think you're above everybody else.” -Kevin Hart
Hart's first gig was at The Laff House in Philadelphia under the name of Lil Kev, which did not go well. His career suffered a slow start, as he was booed off stage several times, once even having a piece of chicken thrown at him. Kevin Hart began to enter comedic competitions in Massachusetts and his luck turned around. Kevin Hart came into the comedic history of television in his appearance of "Think Like a Man", which grossed over $90 million in theaters. Hart has appeared in such films as Meet the Fockers sequel aka Little Fockers, and Death at a Funeral, alongside Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, and Martin Lawrence. He also co-starred alongside Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson in Fool's Gold, Along Came Polly opposite Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston, as well as opposite Steve Carell in The 40 Year Old Virgin.
- Attended George Washington High School.
- Attended Temple University for about two years.
- Graduated two years later from a community college in New York City
- Entered Comedic Competitions which started his career.
- Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny
- Kevin Hart: I'm a Grown Little Man
- Scary Movie 3
- The 40-Year-Old Virgin
- Scary Movie 4
- Epic Movie
- Little Fockers
- Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain
- Think Like a Man
- Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
- Grudge Match
- Ride Along
- Think Like a Man Too
- Get Hard
- The Wedding Ringer
- Ride Along 2
Comedic Inspirations for Kevin Hart
"Eddie Murphy is an inspiration and a mentor and a friend as well. Because Eddie Murphy set the bar and proved that doing stand-up comedy can be cool, you know, and sexy, and almost rock 'n' roll-ish. You know. It doesn't have to be something that's clowned upon. Eddie Muprhy did arenas when it was unheard of."
"I have to say Bill Cosby, for the simple fact that Bill Cosby made it cool to talk about real life and marriage and kids. Things that people didn't think about at one point in time in show business. You don't have to be filthy to make people laugh. Not that I'm not filthy. Because I am. You know, he's definitely an inspiration, because he showed that there's a different road and avenue to take within stand-up comedy."
"And Jerry Seinfeld just because he took stand-up comedy, and took an idea to television and was ground-breaking for TV. People don't understand, what he did for TV was a simple idea and he set the bar for what people would eventually want to make doing stand-up comedy. To make $1 million an episode for a stand-up comedian's idea is unheard of. So. He lasted so long doing it, and now still goes and does what he loves. He hasn't stopped doing stand-up comedy to this day."
"Chris Rock is a mentor and a friend. Reason being, because Chris Rock has taken stand-up comedy and elevated it into a business. Where he is now a mogul. But he's a brand at the same time. He tours when he wants to. He directs. He produces. He writes. And within that, he creates for himself. So there's never a stop to the amount of work that Chris Rock can do."
George Carlin, rest in peace, is a man who has done 10 stand-up comedy specials. People don't know how hard it is to develop an hour of comedy material. I think I'm on my fourth hour now, but I've been doing it for 15 years. George Carlin had 10 hours of stand-up comedy, and all brand-new material. And he left with a beautiful mark in the world.
In the past, Chappelle was very vocal about the industry’s need to emasculate Black male comedians by placing them in dresses for comic relief. During his sit down with Oprah in 2006, Dave said that he was given a dress of his own to wear, but stood up for himself by refusing to wear it. This marked the time in which Chappelle took a break from the entertainment industry and made his infamous flee to Africa.
BET Award Best Actor Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Comedy Series Real Husbands of Hollywood
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Real Husbands of Hollywood
NAACP Image Award Entertainer of the Year
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award
Acapulco Black Film Festival Artist of the Year Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, This Is the End, Grudge Match
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor: Comedy Ride Along
Teen Choice Award Choice Comedian
- MTV Movie Award Comedic Genius Award
- His stand-up career was initially a flop.
- His first big break was given to him by Judd Apatow.
- He has a fear of dolphins.
- He is incredibly short.
- He worked as a shoe salesman before a career in comedy.
- He wrote and starred in his own sitcom.
- He is one of the most successful comedians of his time.
- While he may not have the height to play basketball, he does have the skill.
- He has a game available through iTunes.
- Kevin Hart cites Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, and Eddie Murphy as his influences.