Like some sort of comic eclipse, South Florida stages this week will see the overlap of the two most buzzed-about comedians working today, according to a list published by the Hollywood Reporter.
Kevin Hart and D.L. Hughley are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the publication’s recently compiled Top Comedians chart, which ranks the most popular comedians on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Google Plus and other social-media with data surveyed by the analytics company MVPindex.
“Popular” works in different ways on the Internet, of course. The recent digital conversation about Hart may be inspired by last weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig or his big-screen turn in the remake “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which opens this week.
There’s his newborn son, Kenzo, and the summer birth of his best-selling memoir, "I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons." And then, there’s all that adultery/extortion banter, further inflamed by Hart’s contrite video confession, that has been a running meme since late summer.
So interest in his nationwide Irresponsible Tour is high: Hart’s show on Friday, Dec. 22, at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood was a quick sell-out, necessitating the addition of a second performance on Thursday, Dec. 21.
Bringing his tour to the Palm Beach Improv Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 21-23, Hughley has long been a performer willing to weave comedy with incisive social criticism, and 2017 has been a gift he wishes had not been delivered.
The solution to our destructive national acrimony requires more responsible, eloquent, educated voices, and Hughley this month signed a multiyear extension of his nationally syndicated, afternoon-drive radio program, “The D.L. Hughley Show.” In promoting the deal, his bosses at Reach Media called him “one of the most important voices in radio … totally in tune with what the African-American listener wants addressed — and to be said.” That goes for non-African-Americans, too.
Perhaps symbolic of the connection Hughley’s fans feel, the reserved-seat, VIP meet-and-greet tickets ($60) at several of his shows sold out first.
When: 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Dec. 21-22
Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood
Cost: $150, $130, $105 and $70
When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21; 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22; 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23
Where: Palm Beach Improv, 55 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach
Cost: $35, $60