Original Kings of Comedy

Synopsis: February 26 and 27, 2000, the Original Kings of Comedy play Charlotte, NC. The themes are Blacks and Whites, men and women, old-school and hip-hop. Steve Harvey emcees, celebrates '70s music and lyrics of love, and pokes at folks in the front row. D.L. Hughley mines racial differences and talks about his marriage. Cedric the Entertainer riffs on a Black president and on being grown up. Bernie Mac, who says he expresses what's in the back of our minds, closes with reflections on being 42 (new aspects to his sex life and his attitude toward children). Spike Lee's camera takes us backstage and off-stage with the Kings and into the crowd where everyone's laughing.
Director(s): Spike Lee
Production: Paramount Pictures
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

Work harder! Keep on!


Wake up! Even extras are actors.

We're not making a ghost film now.

Though you guys

play the roles of pedestrians,

but your roles still have life an soul.

Especially we've chance to act with

the Kungfu actress Queen Cuckoo Tu...

so we should grasp this chance.

Act smartly, OK?



- Who are you?

- I'm an actor.

Aunt Ha!


- Who is this guy?

- An extra.

I'm an actor.

Are you mistaken?

How can you let him touch my machine?

Sorry, Brother Sunny,

I just went to toilet.

so I asked him to do the rehearsal.

Find someone who knows how to act,

we need one urgently.

- Let me do it.

- You?

Show me the expression of "nervous".

There're several kinds

of nervous expression.

The one on the face of a husband

whose wife is delivering a baby.

The baby is given birth.

But the wife is dead.

The baby calls him dad, he's a genius.

His dick is on his head, he's abnormal.

He wins Mark Six... first prize!

His son is dead...

His wife comes back to life.

His wife comes back to life.

No more response,

if one is struck too hard emotionally...

he will enter a state of mental coma,

he'll show no response.

Is there another guy?

Aunt Ha, what have I done wrong?

I don't know what you were doing.

Was there anything wrong

with my expression?

I've said I didn't know

what you were doing.

Aunt Ha, none of your extras

is smart enough.

All these extras are above standard.

Sunny, is it done?

Everyone is waiting.

OK... Director, it'll soon be done...

- You, go and change your clothes.

- Thanks.

- Stand in this position.

- Got it.

- Lighting.

- Lighting is ready.

- Settings.

- Settings ready.



Sorry, Director.

According to the character of my role.

I want to play my role

with a bit naughtiness...

But contradiction. Will this be better?

OK, Speed.


- Scene 3. Shot 4, take 1.

- Action!


What is it?

What's wrong with the guy behind.

He's supposed to be dead.

- What are you doing? Aunt Ha!

- What is it? Brother Sunny?

What is your extra up to?

How come you are still alive?

As I said I'd play my role

with a bit naughtiness.

So subconsciously

I don't want to die yet.

You must pretend to be dead.

Actually, I was dying.

If you give me a bit more time,

I'll die eventually.

Do you know how many frames of film

are there in one second?

24 frames, Sister Cuckoo.

Do you know

how long is the shot just then?

I guess it about one minute.

Do you know as you didn't want to die...

that you've wasted how many seconds,

how many frames and how much money

and how much time

and effort of everyone here?

Are you fooling around here?

I'm begging you, you'd better

find a professional extra for this role.

Get someone smarter and shoot again!

You'd better be smart!

Go home and think about

when exactly you want to die.

OK, Brother Sunny.

Aunt Ha, what have I done wrong?

Don't ask me again, I really don't know

what you were doing.

- Then I...

- Get lost.

You remind me I must go to a meeting

of Neighbour Welfare Association.

I'll be right back.

You don't have to come back.

I'm begging you, stop making trouble.

Let the director watch your performance?

Director, what kind of performance?

You are shot to dead, ready.


Was it OK, Director?

This is it, go and change your clothes.

- Go ahead.

- Thanks...

Where did you learn acting, man?

- I've never learnt it.

- You're a real genius.

You can make it if you work hard.

Why are you still standing here?

F*** off!

What are you doing here?

Unit manager,

I want to get a lunch box only.

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Cedric the Entertainer

Cedric Antonio Kyles (born April 24, 1964), better known by his stage name, Cedric the Entertainer, is an American actor, comedian, and game show host. He was originally the host on It's Showtime at the Apollo. He also hosted BET's ComicView during the 1993–94 season and Def Comedy Jam in 1995. He is best known for co-starring with Steve Harvey on The WB sitcom The Steve Harvey Show, as one of The Original Kings of Comedy, and for starring as Eddie Walker in Barbershop. He hosted the 12th season of the daytime version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 2013–14. He also starred in the TV Land original series The Soul Man, which aired its fifth and final season in 2016. more…

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