"Classic, hilarious homeboy comedy in the Pryor vein."
"You know you really made it when white folks come to see your show." So says Bernie Mac, one of the four entertainers in the hysterical concert film Original Kings of Comedy. And I was about one of ten white people in the audience when I saw it.This isn't really a Spike Lee film (or "joint") in the usual sense... rather, a concert film showcasing four crazy comedians that was put together by Spike. And he does a helluva good job putting the whole thing together. Shot with digital video in Charlotte, N.C. in February 2000, the show stars Steve Harvey and also features D.L. Hughley, Cedric The Entertainer and Mr. Mac. We see them rip shit up onstage, and also see them clowning about backstage and at a radio station.
The humor is for the most part the usual Def Comedy Jam type fare: about wacky families, police harassment, R&B music vs. rap music, church, sports, and them crazy white folks. And Spike captures it all and puts it together seamlessly, so there's hardly any time to catch your breath between jokes.One of these days... real soon, maybe... black and white will be so integrated into each other's cultures that humor comparing the races will seem antiquated, almost obsolete. We're already seeing it happen, with hip-hop-metal hitting big with white teens and an increasing number of black athletes in traditionally lily-white sports such as golf and tennis. But until that day comes, we'll always have the jokes comparing whites to blacks and vice versa. And this film should stand out as a testament to what we laughed at back in the turn of the century.