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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

By M.P. Stone

 

D.L. Hughley truly did “bring it” this past weekend at the Addison Improv and he brought four more of the funniest men on the planet with him.

It was non-stop, wall to wall, head-shaking, hands in the air, gut-busting laughter in the house from the moment the first “warm-up” comedian stepped onto the stage until Hughley stepped off. The set started off with Aziz Ansari, who tag-teamed with Clint Cooley, Jay Phillips and then Bo Dacious as they each took turns priming up the audience’s funny bone to receive the incomparable, sharp-humored Hughley.

Hughley’s smooth, comedic style and relevant material seemed flawlessly unscripted and was delivered with relatable honesty and perfection. The clever combination of natural comedic talent on Hughley’s tour was one for the history books.

The audience barely had a chance to recover from one joke when another came barreling down causing roaring screams of laughter for three and a half hours.

The sold-out shows should be a clue as to the magnitude of laughter you will expel and the pricey tickets should come with a warning label that “non-stop laughter is imminent.”

Darryl Lynn "D. L." Hughley was born March 6, 1963 in Los Angeles, California to Audrey and Charles Hughley. He grew up in L.A.'s South Central where the gang presence was thick and affiliation was almost mandatory for survival.

During those years as a member of the Bloods, Hughley was kicked out of high school for frequent misbehavior. After a close cousin was murdered Hughley wanted to change his life’s trajectory.

So, he quit the gang, got his GED and was hired as a telemarketer for the Los Angeles Times. Soon after, he moved into a management position and met his wife-to-be, LaDonna.

In February 22, 1986, D.L. married LaDonna who later convinced the “funny man” to try his humor onstage.

He started his comedic journey in 1992. After years of club dates, he was selected by BET as the first host of "Comic View” a stand-up comedy show where he remained till 1993. He also hosted Def Jam from 1992 to 1997.

In 1998, Hughley created and starred in the sitcom “The Hughley’s,” which ran until 2002. He appeared in other television productions including “Shackles,” “Scrubs” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.”

In 2008, Hughley was selected to be the host of the BET Awards Show. He was also one of the four comedians, alongside Bernie Mac, Steve Harvey, and Cedric the Entertainer; featured in the Spike Lee film "The Original Kings of Comedy."

In 2013, Hughley became a contestant on Season 16 of Dancing with the Stars and filled in for Meredith Vieira, hosting Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

He also participated in “Black Love” and an HBO-produced special “Unapologetic.”

Hughley is known as an author, political commentator and a talk radio show host.

His current project, “Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host” is packed full of truth and deception as contestants try to detect which of two game show hosts is telling the truth and which is telling a lie.

Each time contestants are able to correctly choose which host is being honest, they are rewarded with cash.

Hughley can be heard on Majic 94.5 weekdays. The D.L. Hughley Show airs from 2-6p.m.