D.L. Hughley

D.L. Hughley was just another struggling comic until the Kings of Comedy tour—subject of a 2000 documentary—got him onto TV. But, let's face it, he was never going to be Bill Cosby heading some sitcom family forever; and his club material firmly resists the clichés of wedded bliss. Though married for 25 years, Hughley's jokes often deal with the everyday humiliations of domestic life. Why can't a married man spend his weekends on the couch, watching porn and TV sports to his heart's content? Why must he be roused to go on Costco expeditions and other needless tasks? In Hughley's harangues and complaints, you hear not only echoes of Richard Pryor—particularly in his observations about race—but also the old marital grievances of Jackie Gleason. And, like Gleason, he's got a great radio voice—one that breaks up a register when relating each new indignity and affront. His exasperated husband persona doesn't make his humor misogynist or cruel. Rather, you sense the awareness that if he weren't married, he wouldn't have any material. T. BONILLA

Thu., Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 16, 7:30 & 10 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 17, 7:30 & 10 p.m., 2011

 
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