Netflix Presents “Def Comedy Jam 25”

Back in 1992, there was no Instagram or Twitter when “Def Comedy Jam” premiered on HBO. There was only one way that stand-up comedians could garner the audience they wanted beyond the club tours, and that was to get a shot on TV.

“Def Comedy Jam” gave many black comics opportunities that would change their lives. Some of these people include Martin Lawrence, D.L. Hughley, Sheryl Underwood, Dave Chappelle, and Cedric the Entertainer.

These comedians were also accompanied by Steve Harvey, Tracy Morgan, Craig Robinson, and many others at the Beverly Hilton Hotel this Sunday to film “Def Comedy Jam 25,” which is a new Netflix special that will air late September that commemorates the 25th anniversary of Russel Simmons’ legendary comedy show.

Per Vibe, heavy hitters like Bill Bellamy, Mike Epps, Kid Capri, and Katt Williams were also in attendance for the filming.

The Washington Post reported that Robinson stated before going in the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s International Ballroom to tape the special, “it put me on the map.” Robinson’s first ever television appearance was on “Def Comedy Jam” in 1992.

Lawrence hosted the first “Def Comedy Jam” series all while he starring on his groundbreaking network sitcom in 1992.

“It blew up my career, along with the ‘Martin’ show and everything,” Lawrence expressed on the way to Sunday’s taping. “I’m just so happy to be a part of all this.”

Hughley, who hosted the later “Def Comedy Jams” claimed that he didn’t realize how big of an impact the show would have on his life.

“I didn’t know that it was going to be as explosive and special as it was,” he said. “Now I don’t know a person that was associated with this (show) that doesn’t work.”

Tiffany Haddish, the breakout comedienne from the hit movie Girls Trip, also started her career on “Def Comedy Jam.”

Haddish stated that she is, reflecting on her newfound success and connection to the franchise, “grateful and thankful and honored that they even thought to call me” for the 25th-anniversary special.

“I feel like a magical creature,” she said. “It feels great to come full circle.”

 – Contributed by Amaya Starkey

WHUR Contributor

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