Kevin Hart’s star still rising as ‘What Now?’ premieres

Shonda McClain | 10/12/2016, 4:14 p.m.
Kevin Hart cemented his place in Hollywood on Monday when he received a coveted star on the Hollywood Walk of ...
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Kevin Hart cemented his place in Hollywood on Monday when he received a coveted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The comedian was joined by his new wife, Eniko Parrish, his ex-wife Torrei Hart and their two children Heaven and Hendrix, as well as Hollywood pals Ice Cube (“Ride Along”), producer Will Packer (“Ride Along”), actress Halle Berry (“Kevin Hart: What Now?”) and director Tim Story (“Ride Along,” “Think Like a Man”).

An emotional Hart told his fans: "I don't get here without you and without your support. I am a representation of what you have made me. I love you all. Thank you so much -today is an honor. ”

The ceremony came on the eve of the season 5 debut of Hart’s hit mock reality series, “The Real Husbands of Hollywood” on BET and the release of his new comedy film, “Kevin Hart: What Now?,” which opens in theaters on Friday. The movie was filmed during the Philadelphia native’s history making performance at Lincoln Financial Field on Aug. 3, 2015, before a live audience of 53,000 fans. According to Variety, “What Now?” was the best-selling comedy tour of all time, grossing over $100 million on five continents and 15 countries.

Hart, 37, began his career in comedy after an acclaimed amateur night performance at a Philadelphia comedy club. He quit his job as a shoe salesman and hit the comedy circuit, performing in such venues as the venerable Caroline’s, the Los Angeles Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store.

He landed his first minor film role in the 2002 comedy “Paper Soldiers.” That was followed by more prominent roles in the “Scary Movie” franchise, “ “Soul Plane” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” as well as “Think Like a Man,” “Ride Along,” “About Last Night,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Central Intelligence” with Dwayne Johnson, who is also starring with Hart in the reboot of “Jumanji,” set for release July 28, 2017.

Adding to his accolades, Forbes magazine named Hart the 2016 “cash king of comedy,” earning $87 million between June 2015 and June 2016. He surpassed the former top earning comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, by $30 million.

Fans will get a glimpse of what it is like to be the most successful comedian in the world and what it took to get there when Hart releases his memoir, “From the Hart,” next year.

“My kids know I’m a big deal. They’re very aware. I let them know every day, I say, ‘Look, daddy’s a big deal,’” Hart said in a statement. “Now I’ll have a book out to prove it.”

The book will explore Hart’s childhood in Philadelphia with a drug-addicted father, and the struggles he faced when he first tried to break into stand-up, according to the New York Times.

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