Throughout Hollywood, comedy giant Kevin Hart is mainly known for his antics on stage, selling out theaters across the country in his record breaking Laugh at my Pain tour. It wasn’t since the likes of Eddie Murphy that a touring comedian had grossed over 1.1 million dollars in a two day span from live comedy ticket sales.
Less known than his status as an entertainment juggernaut, what most of his fans don’t know is that his comedic roots take place in Philadelphia, where he started comedy in rooms such as The Laff House, located on south street, where his original stage name was “Lil’ Kev, ‘the bastard’”. It wasn’t until he was put on stage by Philadelphia comedy icon, TuRae Gordon, that he started telling jokes to small crowds across the city, where he gained a following before moving on to other comedy cities like New York and L.A.
The beginning of Kevin’s new movie follows him back to his Philadelphia home where he revisits the Laff House to tell the story of his beginning with segments of those who knew him best like Philadelphia comedians TuRae, Keith Robinson, and his long-time touring opener Will “Spank” Horton.
Kevin Hart’s new stand up movie “Laugh at My Pain” opened in AMC theaters last night, September 9th. Check your local listings for times. Kevin is anticipated to return to Philadelphia for numerous special events which, of course, will be covered by Always Funny.
Enjoy this special skit that accompanies Kevin’s new movie, “Laugh at my Pain”