Kevin Hart - Birmingham's Comedy History

Birmingham Season 1, Ep 8 11/20/2016 Views: 2,789

Kevin Hart sits down with Trey Mack, Jermaine Johnson and Rocky Dale Davis to learn about about how the history of Birmingham, Ala., has shaped its comedy scene. (2:38)

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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?

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