Kevin Hart: I Won’t Attack Trump, It’s ‘Alienating’ to the Audience

Unlike many famous comics, Kevin Hart isn't willing to fall into the trap of politics. In his new stand-up routine, he plans to focus on his own life, rather than that of Donald Trump.

Most of the new hour will be stories about raising his children in the cocoon of celebrity, a cloistered world far removed from North Philly. He’ll also delve deeper into his relationship with his second wife, Eniko Parrish, whom he married last summer. Hart whips out his iPhone and scrolls through a list of funny things he’s observed and thinks could be the genesis of new bits.

“I’ll take a year break between specials, and during that year I’m traveling, I’m a family man, I’m going out, I’m putting myself in position to soak up what could be material,” Hart says.

As open as he is about his difficult childhood or broken marriage, there are topics he won’t touch. Comedians have feasted on President Donald Trump, lampooning everything from his comb-over to his fractured syntax, but Hart won’t pile on. His act eschews politics.

When you jump into that political realm you’re alienating some of your audience,” he says. “The world today, it’s really not a laughing matter. It’s serious. I don’t want to draw attention to things I don’t have nice things to say about.”

Hart's position is commendable, particularly considering the career trajectory of many of his fellow comedians. Most stand-up comics seem to gain an enormous sense of self-importance once they become famous. They suddenly think that their political views need to be heard — and they become considerably less funny as a result. Hart likely won't be among them anytime soon.

Source: Variety



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