If there’s one thing KEVIN HART (Ben Barber) can do, it’s sell shoes. If there’s one thing Kevin Hart can do better than sell shoes, it’s explode into one of the foremost comedians and entertainers in the industry today.
In 2016, Hart will be seen in the highly anticipated action-comedy Central Intelligence, opposite Dwayne Johnson, as well as the animated films The Secret Life of Pets and Captain Underpants. Rounding out the year, Universal Pictures will release the Kevin Hart: What Now concert film. Hart will also be embarking on a multi-city international live tour, What Now, following his highly successful domestic tour of the same name.
In 2015, Hart was seen in Get Hard, which also starred Will Ferrell, and The Wedding Ringer, which also starred Josh Gad. Additionally, his highly successful television series, Real Husbands of Hollywood, premiered its fourth season in August. Hart has continued to work nonstop, and 2014 was no exception. Hart starred in About Last Night, a remake of the iconic 1986 film, which opened to huge box office success, and Ride Along, which also starred Ice Cube and grossed more than $150 million.
Hart’s determination and work ethic is simply a rollover from a banner 2013, the year in which he starred in Warner Bros.’ Grudge Match, opposite Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro; finished filming Think Like a Man Too, the sequel to its enormously successful predecessor for Screen Gems; and released Let Me Explain, a feature version of Hart’s comedy show.
Hart began his career sizing men and women for footwear, when a chance, electrifying performance at amateur night in a Philadelphia comedy club changed his life. Hart quit his shoe salesman job and began performing full-time at such venues as the Boston Comedy Club, Caroline’s on Broadway, Stand Up NY, the Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. However, it was his first appearance at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival that led Hart into roles in feature films, such as Paper Soldiers, Scary Movie 3 and Along Came Polly, which starred Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston.
Hart remained busy in 2012, hosting the MTV Video Music Awards, garnering much industry praise for his performance before his comedy tour, Let Me Explain, took him to 90 U.S. cities, as well as with Europe and Africa. On his Let Me Explain tour, Hart became the second American in history to sell out London’s O2 Arena.
In fall 2012, Hart filmed two movies back to back: Ride Along and Screen Gems’ remake of About Last Night. He continued his incredible run with a starring role in Screen Gems’ Think Like a Man, a comedy based on Steve Harvey’s best-selling book, which grossed $95 million worldwide, and had a supporting role in Nicholas Stoller’s comedy, The Five-Year Engagement, produced by Judd Apatow for Universal Pictures.
In September 2011, Hart released Laugh at My Pain, the feature film version of his comedy tour of the same name. The movie grossed more than $7 million and was 2011’s most successful film released in fewer than 300 theaters. The Laugh at My Pain tour was so successful, it catapulted Hart to 2011’s No. 1 comedian on Ticketmaster; in February 2011, he sold out the Nokia Theater for two nights in a row, breaking the record previously set by Eddie Murphy. This led to the Laugh at My Pain DVD hitting double platinum in February 2012, after being on sale for only a month.
Hart’s previous film credits include Little Fockers, which starred Robert De Niro and Stiller, Death at a Funeral, Fool’s Gold and The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
In 2009, Hart’s one-hour Comedy Central special, Kevin Hart: I’m a Grown Little Man, became one of the highest-rated specials for the network. In 2010, Hart’s Seriously Funny was one of the fastest-selling DVDs, going triple platinum, aided by the Comedy Central special of the same name, which was the year’s highest rated comedy special.
Hart’s additional television credits include hosting BET’s classic stand-up comedy series Comic View: One Mic Stand; a starring role on ABC’s The Big House, which he also executive produced and wrote; and recurring roles on Love, Inc., Barbershop and Undeclared.
Hart currently lives in Los Angeles with his family.