It’s good to be the king or at least one of the kings. D.L. Hughley is one of the original kings of comedy. He was one of the four stand-up comedians who starred in Spike Lee’s The Original Kings of Comedy. Released in 2000, the film stars Hughley, Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bernie Mac. Each comic was filmed on stage in Charlotte, North Carolina over the course of two nights. The performances were part of the 2000 Kings of Comedy Tour. Hughley went on second, after Steve Harvey, and before Cedric and Mac. In the movie, Hughley talks about his family, why black people don’t like to bungee jump, and hiding his dirty undergarments. The Original Kings of Comedy was a huge hit at the box office as well as a critical success.
Darryl Lynn Hughley was born in Los Angeles on March 6, 1963. Hughley was a troubled teenager. He was a member of the Bloods street gang and expelled from high school. He changed his ways after his cousin was murdered. He started his new life by getting a telemarketing job with the Los Angeles Times. While there he met his wife LaDonna. Together, they have three kids. LaDonna encouraged D.L. to try comedy. Hughley listened to his wife’s advice and began doing stand-up. He soon earned a spot on Def Comedy Jam. That led to a gig hosting BET’s Comic View.
In 1998, Hughley was introduced to a wider audience thanks to his sitcom The Hughleys. His show was about a family moving from inner city Los Angeles to a predominately white neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley. The show ran for two years on ABC and then two years on UPN. After that, Hughley starred in the short-lived but critically acclaimed NBC drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. He played Turk’s brother on Scrubs and finished ninth on the 16th season of Dancing with the Stars.
In 2008, DL Hughley received his own show on CNN. It aired for five months. In July of 2009, Hughley began his radio career. He hosted his own morning show in New York City that pitted him against a fellow king of comedy, Steve Harvey. Hughley’s radio gig lasted a little bit more than a year. In 2013, Hughley returned to the airwaves with a nationally syndicated afternoon drive show called The D.L. Hughley Show.