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of the most highly recognized and popular stand up comedians on the road
today also makes a name for himself in the primetime arena. D.L. Hughley
can currently be seen as the star of his own sitcom "THE HUGHLEYS." "The
Hughleys," currently in its fourth season, airs as part of the
successful Monday night lineup on the UPN Network. The hilarious family
comedy, created by D.L. and based on his real-life experiences, features
D.L. as "Darryl Hughley," a man with a fresh point of view. Darryl moves
his family from the city to the suburbs, from a small apartment to a big
beautiful house, and we watch the comedy unfold as he struggles to try
and fit into his new environment. In its first season, the sitcom was
the highest rated new show, and secured a nomination for a People's
Choice Award in the category of "Favorite New Television Comedy Series."
D.L. himself earned a nomination in the category of "Favorite Male
Performer in a New Television Series." In addition, D.L. was honored
with a nomination for an NAACP Image Award in the category of
"Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series" in 1998,1999 and again in 2000.
"The Hughleys" went on secure a nomination in 1999 for "Outstanding
Comedy Series," and was again nominated for the award in 2000.
D.L. has proved himself as one of the
hardest working men in showbiz. He appeared along with fellow comedians
Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and Bernie Mac as part of the CROWN
ROYAL KINGS OF COMEDY TOUR, the highest grossing comedy tour ever. In
1999, the tour sold out in most of the major concert arenas in over 50
cities across the country, grossing a staggering $37 million dollars
nationwide. Eager to expose the success of the tour to an even larger
audience, filmmaker Spike Lee directed
The Original Kings of Comedy Tour
concert film about the tour for Paramount Pictures which was released to
rave reviews in August 2000. The film grossed close to $40 million.
Earlier this year, D.L. starred in the
feature film The Brothers,
alongside Bill Bellamy, Shemar Moore and Morris Chestnut. Released March
23, 2001, the film followed four black professionals facing the imminent
marriage of a longtime friend and reformed playboy. In its opening week,
the film grossed the highest per screen average of all top ten films
D.L. proves his can do it all: film,
television, standup and -- music? Close. D.L. is now Grammy-nominated,
having received a nomination for the 2001 Grammy Awards in the category
of "Best Spoken Comedy Album" for "The Original Kings of Comedy."
Although keeping busy with television and
film, D.L. remains a huge draw in the standup comedy arena. He continues
to perform on the road nationally and internationally on an almost
weekly basis, sandwiching appearances between his television show and
movies. In 1999, HBO aired D.L.'s One-Hour Comedy Special entitled "D.L.
Hughley: Going Home." Taped in Charlotte, NC, the special is D.L.'s
first one-hour special for HBO and focuses on some of the most
hilarious, and recognizable aspects of his "going home." The special
went on to earn a nomination for an NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding
With his innate ability to make people
laugh, D.L. 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. "One of the most beautiful things in
the world I've seen or heard is people laughing, even when there seems
to be so little reason for them to laugh. That's a great thing to me,"
As a result of his work on HBO and his quick
rise in popularity among the audiences he constantly kept in stitches,
D.L. was chosen as the first host of "Comic View" on Black Entertainment
Television. 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 HBO quickly offered
D.L. a second special in 1994. Not only was D.L.'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
Hughley's success has continued from there.
He began with appearances on "The Best of Def Comedy Jam," and "Def
Jam's Comedy All-Stars," and went on to serve as a guest host on NBC's
"Later." With his quick wit and affable personality, he has become a
frequent guest on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Night with
David Letterman," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "Politically
Incorrect" and "Live with Regis and Kelly."
Hughley speculates on why audiences seem to
respond to him so easily: "I think there's a lot of material in my act
that is positive and real, which is what my show is all about. I just
want to be great at making people laugh—everybody wants to be great at
something. From the moment I picked up a microphone, I knew that this is
what I was supposed to do!"
In his spare time D.L. enjoys listening to
jazz music, swimming and spending time with his family. He resides in
the Southern California area with his wife LaDonna and their three