Kevin Hart is an American stand-up comedian, actor and producer best known for his stand-up performance and comey specials. The Philadelphia native started by performing stand-up comedy across New England and became popular when Judd Apatow cast him in one of his TV shows, which lead to exposure and multiple movie roles. He has single released multiple comedy albums, starred in blockbuster films and even released one of his comedy shows on Netflix.
Kevin Darnell Hart was born on July 6, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was raised by a single mom named Nancy, who worked at the University of Pennsylvania. He has one older brother named Robert.
Kevin’s father was a cocaine addict who was in and out of jail as Kevin grew up, and Kevin used comedy as a way to cope with the trauma and loss. He began pursuing a career in comedy after he performed at an amateur club in Philadelphia.
As of September 2022, Kevin has more than 36.7 million followers on Twitter, 122 million followers on Instagram, 25.5 million followers on TikTok and 35 million followers on Facebook.
Kevin’s career was slow to start. When he first started performing stand up, he was oftentimes booed off stage and couldn’t find traction.His career started to take off when he won several amateur comedy competitions across New England.
In 2001, Judd Apatow discovered Kevin and cast him in the TV series “Undeclared” in a recurring role. The show only lasted one season, but it led to exposure for Kevin and marked the start of his career.
Following his TV debut, Kevin landed roles in several movies, including “Paper Soldies” in 2002, “Scary Movie 3” in 2003, “Soul Plane” in 2004, “In the Mix” in 2005 and “Little Fockers” in 2010.
During that time, he released his first stand-up album in 2008 titled “I’m a Grown Little Man.” He released his second comedy album, “Seriously Funny,” in 2010 and followed it up the next year with “Laugh at my Pain.” In 2013, he released “Let Me Explain” and in 2016, he released “What Now?” He has embarked on several national tours and one of his shows was recorded for a Netflix special.
In the following years, Kevin continued to nab roles in popular movies, including roles in “Think Like a Man” in 2012, “Grudge Match” in 2013, “Ride Along” in 201) and its sequel “Ride Along 2” in 2016, “About Last Night” in 2014, “Get Hard” in 2016 and “Central Intelligence” in 2016. He also had parts in “The Secret Life of Pets” in 2016, “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” in 2017, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” in 2017 and “Night School” in 2018.
In 2015, Time Magazine named kevin as one of the 100 most influential people in the world on their annual Time 100 list.
He starred as himself in the lead role of “Real Husbands of Hollywood.”
Kevin has come under fire for some controversial tweets as well. In 2018, he was announced as the host of the 91st Academy Awards, but he later stepped down after several homophobic twets from 2010 and 2011 came to light. He argued he had grown and changed in the past few years and apologized to the LGBTQ community. Openly lesbian comedian Ellen DeGeneres expressed public support for him and asked the Academy Awards to reconsider Kevin’s decision to step down. However, after Kevin got additional backlash for an insincere apology, he announced he would not host the awards any more. That year, the 91st Academy Awards had no host.
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