Open Letter to Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart has been on fire lately. Maybe that’s not such a good thing.

Dear Kevin Hart,

I’ve seen a lot of standup comedians do their thing: Eddie Murphy, Louis CK, Jim Gaffigan, Marc Maron, George Carlin, Russell Peters, Dave Chappelle – you name it.

Many of them found success and branched out – diversified, so to speak. Louis CK has a TV show. So does Marc Maron.

Eddie Murphy decided to lose his sense of humor.

You get the idea.

Kevin, let me say this with my chest: I believe you are spreading yourself too thin lately. I don’t know exactly what’s going on. Maybe you’re just trying to make the most of your success before your streak inevitably ends (this is not an insult; it happens to everyone). Maybe you’re thinking about how hard you worked to get here and how your drive is finally paying off.

Remember back in the day, when you were doing stuff like showing up on Undeclared?

That was unexpected for me because I watched your standup for years and saw Undeclared only a few months ago after bulldozing through Freaks and Geeks. It was pretty astonishing to see you over a decade ago (you looked even younger then, somehow), making your way into the industry.

But look, I saw your movie Let Me Explain and I want you to explain how it ever got made. It hardly made me laugh, Kevin! I get I’m just one person and I’m sure others really enjoyed it, although 6.5/10 might indicate otherwise. I also recognize how hard it is to come up with new material, because doesn’t it often seem like the first few successes we have are the best? It takes hard work to come up with funny stuff consistently.

I recognize that. I really do.

On the other hand, I expected more from you. I had high expectations – because you earned it. You know you’re doing something right when people just assume your work will be awesome. That’s why we get surprised when guys like Michael Jordan miss clutch shots or when good directors make bad movies. That mindset applies to you too. You worked hard to get there. Don’t squander that privilege.

Here’s what you’re doing right: Real Husbands of Hollywood. I love it and I love how it parodies “real” reality shows. That shit is annoying, but you make me glad they exist just so Real Husbands could come into existence. Now that is a show you should focus on, because it’s worth the attention.

Lay off the movies for a while. We all know who you are, Kevin Hart. You don’t have to try to get our attention anymore. Just relax a little and focus on the important stuff, namely the fact that you’re a comedian and comedians generally tend to do standup. Funny standup.

Quantity has its perks, but quality has the final word. Get back to quality – you have that luxury now.


Barrett (and other comedy lovers)

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