Kevin Hart is an actor and comedian. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hart started his career by winning several amateur comedy competitions at clubs throughout the New England area, and he got his first real break in 2001 when he was cast by Judd Apatow for a recurring role on the TV series Undeclared. The series only lasted one season, but it was enough for him to get his name out and land other roles in movies like Paper Soldiers, Scary Movie 3, and Along Came Polly.
Kevin Hart’s comedic reputation began to grow with the release of his first stand-up album I’m a Grown Little Man in 2009. This was followed by Seriously Funny in 2010, and in 2011 Laugh at My Pain in 2011, most arguably his most successful stand-up act so far.
Kevin Hart’s first comedic gig was at the Laff House in Philadelphia under the name of Lil Kev, which didn’t go well at all. He went through a slump at first when he was booed off stage several times, and once a man even threw a piece of chicken at him while he was on stage. After a few unsuccessful shows, Kevin began entering comedy competitions throughout Massachusetts and turned his luck around.
It took Kevin Hart some time to develop his own comedic style. After an early period of trying to imitate other comedians like Chris Tucker (the “Rush Hour” star), Kevin found his own rhythm by talking about his own insecurities and his own life experiences. In his own words, “Because of what I do, it has to be an open book,” he said. “But right now this is a book that is being written.”
Kevin Hart draws his inspiration from role model comedians like fellow Philadelphian Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, and Dave Chappelle. He has tried to combine the best qualities of all these men into his own act. “When you talk about your flaws, people gravitate towards you,” Hart said in an interview with Rolling Stone, “I’m just not that manly-man.” This humble way of thinking may be somewhat attributed to his short stature, since Kevin Hart stands only five-foot-four. His humility and his strong work-ethic are two main reasons for his success.
Kevin Hart’s comedy tours began in 2009 with his act entitled “I’m a Grown Little Man”, followed by “Seriously Funny” in 2010, “Laugh At My Pain” in 2011, and most recently, his special called “Let Me Explain” in early 2012. Kevin Hart grossed over $15 million from “Laugh At My Pain”, which made it one of the year’s top-selling tours. Kevin also has a game available through iTunes download on the iPod and iPad called “Little Jumpman”. It is a platform game where the objective is to jump higher and higher. His Facebook page, Twitter account, and Youtube channel are all connected to and accessible through this app.
How Kevin Hart Made His Money – Comedy
Estimated Net Worth: $9.2 Million
Birthday: July 3, 1980
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