D.L. Hughley (Original Kings of Comedy, The Hughleys)
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The last date listed for Comedian D.L. Hughley was Friday April 11, 2014 / 10:00pm.
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D.L.'s act surprised me, and not in a good way. I assumed that someone with his years of experience would have fresher, "tighter" material than he did. Some of his observations were funny, but some hit the crowd with a thud.
The first part of his routine was about the usual, unoriginal topics, including several about "kids today," which made him see like kind-of a grumpy old dude. He then spent the second half of his time working the crowd for material: asking people if they were married (and for how long) and what they did for a living.
At one point, he got to a young, obviously single guy. They guy, unemployed, repeatedly said he had no idea what kind of job he wanted. Then D.L. asked him about his "date," who turned out to be his mom! This was probably both the saddest *and* funniest moment of his time onstage.
He then apologized profusely for embarrassing the guy in front of his mother, and offered him comped tickets to his shows anytime (not that he'd want to go, after that). But he couldn't help himself: the comedian won out, and he kept making jokes. Asked the unemployed guy's mom what she does for a living; she replied "Homemaker." D.L.'s response: "At least you have company." Everyone groaned and laughed at the same time.
On the plus side, he didn't stoop to really blue material and he looked super sharp, wearing one of the most beautiful suits I've ever seen. If only his act were as memorable.