The Grio.com is the first African-American video news site, specifically geared towards bringing stories of interest to that community. Launched by NBC News, it’s editorial mission is to be the primary news source for the Black community on a national level. February is Black History Month and so they are interviewing 100 people who they feel are making a positive effect in the Black community.
One of those people, not surprisingly, is comedian Kevin Hart, who jokingly demanded to know what number he was out of the 100. He felt he should be around number 6! NBC made arrangements to meet Kevin at The Comic Strip, thanks to Bob Wachs a co-owner and founder of the club. Todd Johnson, the host/producer from NBC gave me permission to attend and film the event.
These were some of the insights Kevin shared with NBC:
Kevin is one of only a handful of comedians ever to release a live performance as a feature film. That group includes Rock, Murphy, Eddie Griffin, Martin Lawrence, Louis C.K and the Kings of Comedy.
He put up his own money to release Laugh At My Pain in 200 theatres, which is considered a limited release and it’s already brought in millions of dollars. He’s also got 3 million followers on Twitter, about a million more than he had the last time I saw him, which wasn’t that long ago! The man is a phenomenon.
For more on Kevin Hart’s interview (with video) visit the Comedy Matters blog here.