The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)

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A concert film featuring four major African American stand up comedians.




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  • Bill Bellamy at an event for The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)
  • Muhammad Ali at an event for The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)
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  • Steve Harvey in The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)

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2 September 2000 | Conagher-7
The Unoriginal Subjects of Crassness
Let's begin with the title, "The Original Kings of Comedy." Original implies one of two meanings: either previously unknown or unpresented, or the first of some series or set. Clearly the latter usage is out, since these men are not the first "kings of comedy." The originals of modern comedy are men like Jackie Gleason, the Marx brothers, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, etc., and not these 1990s "comedians." The former meaning of the word "orginal" is also a misnomer. Since when did four-letter words and racist stereotypes (a staple in Spike Lee "joints") constitute originality? "Kings" is an easy one to shoot down as well. How can one be a "king" of comedy if he is not funny? Between them the only one with any success was the emcee with a moderately successful network show to his credit. The rest are clearly usurpers at best. Finally, why should the word "comedy" ever be associated with this movie? Racism, profanity, misogyny, homophobia and other negative attitudes pass for comedy only to the lowest common denominator of our society.

The only aspect of this movie to which I give any credit is that it is a movie consistent with Lee's other celluloid garbage. Lee's "joints" never fail to appeal to the basest urges of this society's groundlings. Continue your foul work, Lee, and see to it that our country's racial divide is perpetuated.

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,053,832 20 August 2000

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