Birmingham

  • Season 1, Ep 8
  • 11/20/2016

Kevin Hart returns to Birmingham, Ala., a city that holds special meaning for him, to host stand-up from Trey Mack, Jermaine Johnson and Rocky Dale Davis.

- You ready?You all set?

I got you.

Mm.

Hey, people.

Kevin Hart here,and I'm comfortable.

Real comfortable.I got my shoes off.

I got my thighs out.

Why am I comfortable?

I'll tell you why, because I'min Birmingham, Alabama.

It's a city with good peopleand people who love to laugh.

How do I know that?Because I've done comedy

here several times, man.

This penthousethat I'm in right now?

The first penthousethat I've ever stayed in.

I ain't lying, 'cause I'vestayed--that's a lie.

I can't lie to you guys.

I--I wanted to stayin this penthouse,

when I was coming to Birmingham,but I couldn't afford it,

so I stayed in the junior suite.It's not about me.

Let's not evenmake this about me.

We're here to find new talent.

The new generation of comediansthat are coming--

What are you--what are you doing?

- Have you seen a phone?I'm trying to

order room service.- Brother, I'm doing--

- Where the phone at?- I'm doing the intro.

- Hey, you got cable?- I'm doing the intro!

- My room ain't got cable.- Ju--

This is not your room.It's mine.

- You right, you right,you right, you right...

- Where the phone?- This is my room.

- Where the phone?- I ain't got no phone.

- What--? I said it's--[yells]

- There go the phone.There go the phone.

- Now I got the phone.

- Ha, how y'all getkeys to my room?

That's the questionof the day.

People are gonna thinkthat we--that we're grouping up,

but that's not the case,'cause I'm a star.

We're here to talkabout the new gen--

- Kev, how much you sayI got to put in on this?

- I said get your assto the room, Harry.

Ever sit at your job andcontemplate slapping your bossjust one time? [laughs]

"Rocky, why haven't youfinished your work yet?

"'Cause you won'tlet me, Susan.

That's why."[laughter]

You ever sit at work and cry?

Like--like, clocking out,you start crying?

Like, "I hate thisplace so much.

"I could burn it down,and they would never know.

They would never know.I could do it, yeah."

The bad thing though is I'm afull-time stay-at-home son, so--

[laughter]- Yeah, yeah.

My ma's my boss, guys,if you didn't get that, yeah.

She tried to fire methe other day, but I went

to grandma's house,and that's management, okay?

That's the CEO of the company.Oh, yeah.

She started thisfrom the ground up, yeah.

Or the waist down, however youwant to look at it.

[laughter]

With Trey Mack, FunnyMaine and Rocky Dale Davis.

Here in Birmingham, right,I feel like a lot of people A:

don't understand thatyou guys have just as much

comedy as anybody else.I mean, that's--

that's why I'm here.I'm here to educate people

on what goes on--on what's here.

- There's a lot of,like, niche places.

You know, these undergroundtype spots, backrooms,

small places, and we just triedour jokes and--

- The niche spotsthat he's talking about,

that's when you gotthe most intimate environment

for comedy, 'cause these peopleare so close together--

- Yep.- And they came to,

what can be perceived as,one of the worst spots

ever to laugh.

Are you guys, like,in the same circuit, or...?

- He put me onmy first ever all-black show

I did at the Stardome.- There you go.

- Why it got to bethe all-black place?

- 'Cause it was all black--I don't know.

- That's very funny,when--when you ask a white guy,

"Why you have to sayit was all black?"

But then, in reality,it's because it was all black.

- It was all black people there.- I guess that was big to you.

- And I got on stage,and I told a joke

about the differences betweenblack and white shootings,

and they were like,"We don't want to hear

that right now."They just stood there

the rest of the showand just kind of

closed their arms.Yeah.

I blame myself on that one.I mean, I look and sound racist.

Like, every racist white guyoff "Remember the Titans"

before they started winning,you know what I'm saying?

[laughter]Like, I didn't block for Pete.

I'm the reason Pete's hurt,you know?

[both laughing]

- Sounds prettydamn funny to me.

What about Birmingham?

Is there a country-esquething that goes with

your style of comedy,would you say?

- See, I wishI was more country.

Like, you can hear the accent.- Yeah, I can hear it.

- People don't even knowI'm from Alabama,

you know what I mean?- Tell me, why do you wish

that you--you sounded more country?

- 'Cause the ladieslike that accent.

[laughter]

- It's just weird,because we know

the reputation of Birmingham.Everybody--

- What is the reputation?- Everybody looks at those

old black and white videos--the dogs chasing and biting.

And I try to tell them,man, it's a different day.

We got Wi-Fi here.[laughter]

No lynchings.- Does that--

Does that bother you guys?

That--That you feel likethere's a stereotype

about what Birmingham is?

- Sometimes, yeah.- Yeah.

- But then you just,you know, you understand.

It really did happen.- Yeah.

- It's a part of the history,but now you're trying

to write a new history.- I love it.

- Yeah.- At this point,

does another job exist,or is it all comedy right now?

- I--hell, three weeks ago,I done went and laid roof.

- There you go.- Woke up at 6:00

in the morning.Laid roof for the entire week

for, you know, minimum wage.

30 degrees, on top of a roof--- That's amazing.

Wind blowing your face,and I'm sitting there like,

"I got to getthese bits together,

'cause this shit sucks."- I remember, you know,

coming through this city.I remember the Stardome

being a major stepping stonefor me and my career.

So I'm looking forwardto tonight.

It's about you guysmaking a name for yourself,

and more importantly,shining a light

on Birmingham, Alabama.So, you know, wear that, man.

Wear it with pride.All right?

[electronic music]

[electronic music]

- Cut it off, cut it off,cut it off.

You know, young people will NaeNae to anything.

How y'all doing?[laughter]

Nae Nae is myfavorite dance, man.

That is my--I like the Nae Naefor different reasons, though.

I like the Nae Naebecause it can make

awkward situationsnot so awkward,

if you do itat the right time.

It got to be the rightplacement.

'Cause if you dothe Nae Nae after anything,

it seem like whatever you didbeforehand was on purpose.

Like, you ever be walkingin public, and you trip

in front of a lot of people?

That's embarrassing as hell,right?

Not no more.Nae Nae that off, next time.

You just be walking.[laughter]

They gonna be like, "He's havinga good time with life.

"That's what he's doing.He's always celebrating

another day."Ladies, you ever be waving

to somebody who wasn'twaving at you?

[laughter]

"It's part of my routine, bitch.

"That's a part of my--I don't know you either

is what I'm saying."Oh, my goodness,

it is good to be here.God is good.

God is good.Who said, "All the time?"

[laughter]

Always trying to provethey go to church, yeah.

"I know what to dowhen he says it.

I got it.Don't worry about it."

That's my problem, though.Like, I--I always wanted

to be a thug,but I was raised in the church.

So that, like, messes upall my thug activities.

Like, I can't do nothing right.I'd be the only gang member

trying to have group prayerbefore we do drive-bys.

"Hey, y'all ready to ride, cuz?Y'all ready to ride?

"All right, before we ride, bowyour heads and close your eyes.

Dear Heavenly Father,we pray for traveling grace."

[laughter]

"Be with us when we rideon these fools, Jesus,

"'cause we--we don't knowwhat the future holds,

but we knowwho holds our future."

[laughter]

No, because I like--I like allthe thug activities.