As far as comedians go, this year definitely belongs to Kevin Hart. The pint sized funny man is covering the April issue of Ebony and took his comedic talents to host “Saturday Night Live” last night.
Anyone who is slightly familiar with Kevin Hart is well aware of the fact that he is simply hilarious. He is one of the most popular comedians in the game right now and his competition seems to be withering away (especially after Katt Williams had his bizarre meltdown).
What people don’t know about Mr. Hart is that he has a serious side too and when he gets home life isn’t all about comedy gags and punch lines.
“Regardless of how much I joke and play around, my family and my lady don’t respect that about me,” he told Ebony. “I’m serious, because I’m responsible for their well-being. I take that very serious.”
Of course even in the midst of talking about his serious side, he couldn’t help but be a little silly.
“When it comes time to get naked, I’m serious there too,” he added.
He’s also very serious about honesty now, but that wasn’t always the case – especially when he was married.
“When I was married, I definitely went through a lying period,” Hart explained. “I just turned into a liar, but you learn from your mistakes. Being that guy once upon a time has helped me develop into the man I am now, and I approach relationships in a completely different manner.”
Apparently, he also approaches many of his comedy shows in a completely different manner as well after seeing a movie that scared the life out of him.
Hart explained that he purposely avoids jokes about politics after he saw the film Enemy of the State.
“I’m afraid of the government,” the divorced father-of-two said. “I watched Enemy of the State. That movie scared the sh** out of me. I keep my mouth shut.”
So people already knew not to expect any jokes about the government from Kevin during his night on SNL, but he also revealed that gay jokes were out of the question as well – which is something we can really respect him for.
“The repercussions for saying certain words are harsh, and careers have been shut down,” he said. “I can understand how people could be affected by certain words and slurs. I get it. My way of showing respect is to not play around with it, not mention it, not joke with it at all. I understand how serious it is.”
This will probably be the very thing that keeps the “Real Husbands of Hollywood” star around for many more years to come.
There used to be a time in comedy where nothing was off limits and people have comedians a right of pass in the name of humor, but not anymore.
Even the must famous button pushing comedians are expected to follow rules and guidelines and come under fire whenever they even come near social taboos.
Look at Seth MacFarlane for example. The Family Guy creator is still receiving backlash for more than half of the jokes he made while hosting the Oscars. After creating shows like “Family Guy,” “American Dad,” and the movie “Ted” you would think most people would expect his brand of comedy but that wasn’t the case. (For the record we’re still confused as to why the Oscars production team didn’t have to answer to some of the criticism. They are after all the ones who decided to book the creator of one of the most controversial shows on television.)
Anyway, Kevin proved that you don’t always need to push buttons to be funny because when he took to the SNL stage, he did a pretty decent job and didn’t really step on any toes.
His opening monologue expressed his excitement to be back in New York after his unfortunate run in with a homeless man the last time he was in the Big Apple.
Anyone who lives in any major city in the U.S can appreciate his fear of having a random homeless palm your sandwich in Panera Bread.
As for the sketches, he did prove that he is much better at being a stand up comedian than he is a live actor. He fumbled over many of his lines and instead of trying to push through it he often just stopped and took it from the top.
His energy, of course, was his saving grace because the comedian managed to take some less than impressive material and still get quite a few laughs out of us.
Seeing him dressed up as 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis was enough to have us rolling in laughter, especially after you consider the fact that having him play a little girl could be another way to poke fun at his height.
Perhaps one the best skits of the night was the “Walking Dead” parody. With the show in its prime and being a TV sensation, it was the perfect timing for the parody.
Check out the “Walking Dead” parody below: