Kings: Sean Murphy
Troy Patterson
February 27, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Original Kings of Comedy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
115 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/18/00
performer
Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Bernie Mac
director
Spike Lee
Producers
40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks
distributor
Paramount Pictures
genre
Comedy, Documentary

We gave it a B-

Easily as raw as Eddie Murphy’s old routines, but hardly half as delirious, The Original Kings of Comedy — Spike Lee’s crossover hit of a stand up concert film — is profane but not provocative. Its stars each work the same terrain: gags (gentle and gratingly lame) about race, and coarse bits about sex, parenting, and poverty. Sometimes these are resonant low down blues; sometimes they’re just low — bordering on the crudeness that Lee decried as minstrelsy last year in ”Bamboozled.”

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