THE ORIGINAL KINGS OF COMEDY
D.L. HUGHLEY, one of the
most highly recognized and popular stand up comedians on the road today is now
making a name for himself in the primetime arena. Hughley can currently be seen
on ABC-TV appearing in his own sitcom entitled "The Hughleys." The
family comedy, which is moving to UPN this fall, is created by Hughley and based
on his real-life experiences, features him as "Darryl Hughley," a man
with a fresh point of view. Hughley moves his family from the city to the
suburbs, from a small apartment to a big beautiful house. We watch the comedy
unfold as Darryl struggles to try and fit into his new environment. In its first
season, the sitcom was ABC's highest rated new show, and secured a nomination
for a People's Choice Award in the category of "Favorite New Television
Comedy Series." Hughley himself was nominated in the category of
"Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series." In addition, he
was honored with a nomination for an NAACP Image Award in the category of
"Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series" in 1998 and again for 1999.
"The Hughleys" was also nominated this year in the "Outstanding
Comedy Series" category.
Hughley has proved himself as one of the hardest working men in showbiz. Last
year, he appeared along with fellow comedians Steve Harvey, Cedric the
Entertainer and Bernie Mac in the "Kings Of Comedy" tour, one of the
highest grossing comedy tours ever.
In addition, Hughley's one-hour Comedy Special "D.L. Hughley: Going
Home" is currently airing on HBO. Taped in Charlotte, NC in July of last
year, the special is Hughley's first one-hour special for HBO and focuses on his
upbringing. The special, which has quickly become an audience favorite, was
nominated for an NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Variety
Series/Special." His performance was also nominated for an award. Later
this year, Hughley plans to release a comedy album from Ruff House Records.
With his innate ability to make people laugh, Hughley began his career as a
comedian working in small clubs, citing his appearance on HBO's "Def Comedy
Jam" as one of his earliest breaks in the business.
As a result of his work on HBO and his quick rise in popularity among the
audiences he constantly kept in stitches, Hughley was chosen as the first host
of "Comic View" on Black Entertainment Television. Hughley is proud of
his association with BET and the success of "Comic View," which
allowed black comedians a showcase for their talent. "We've always known
that we would start to enjoy success. A lot of us wouldn't have had the
opportunity if it weren't for this show," Hughley says of black comedians.
The comedy industry quickly took notice of Hughley's talent and offered him
his first HBO Special. The special received instant rave reviews and was so
successful with audiences, that it quickly led HBO to offer D.L. a second in
1994. Not only was Hughley's second HBO special nominated for a Cable ACE Award
for Best Comedy Special, but it also became one of the highest rated specials in
the history of the cable network.
Hughley's success continued from there. He went on to make many television
appearances including, "The Best of Def Comedy Jam," "Def Jam's
Comedy All-Stars," MTV's "Comedy Half-Hour," CBS's "48
Hours," "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," and "The Oprah
Winfrey Show." He also served as a guest host on NBC's "Later"
and has made numerous talk show appearances on shows including "The Tonight
Show with Jay Leno," "Late Night with David Letterman,"
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "Politically Incorrect,"
and "The View."
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