Black comedy hasn’t necessarily gone anywhere, but it did disappear from HBO, and now Russell Simmons and Tony Rock are bringing it back!
During its heyday, Def Comedy Jam was insanely popular and inspired several wanna-be shows that oversaturated the market — so says Rock. And because of that trend, comedy took a little tumble for a few years, but now it’s time to bring it back. “It had to die, so that this could grow,” Rock contends.
That sentiment right there is the reason Simmons decided to reboot his comedy show and bring All Def Comedy to HBO. He also tapped Tony to host, even though he’s a tough act to follow. “I don’t go too hard, but I don’t go too soft either … I keep the room engaged,” Rock says.
And speaking of engaged, Rock reveals that this crop of comedians will blow you away. Unfortunately, it’s hard for talented entertainers to get the shine they deserve because “the suits,” as Tony calls them, don’t know what they are doing. “The problem is that the people that are in charge of funny, aren’t funny. So they’ll just go, ‘oh, this is the guy we’re going to shove down every bodies throat for the next five years, we’re going to force-feed you this guy?'” Luckily, All Def Comedy remedies this in a major way.
The All Def Comedy special will air on HBO, November 12th at 10pm.
Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves
To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.
But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.
“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”
In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.
When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”
Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”
Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday.
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