Kevin Hart: The Next Rom-Com King?
The comedian talks about his turn in Think Like a Man and why Trayvon jokes are off limits.
KH: Yes, we have some ideas on the table that are in the romantic-comedy realm. When I look at the success of comedians that I looked up to in the past, the romantic comedies that they've done are huge. Look at Eddie Murphy and Boomerang. Look at Martin Lawrence and A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. That road is a good road to go down, because you can appeal to everyone, and by that I mean, women will go see it but men will still root for you.
TR: Recently, Saturday Night Live did a skit on the Trayvon Martin media coverage. We saw how that story gripped the country and divided it in some ways. We also see the success of race-based comedy in Awkward Black Girl and Key and Peele. What are your thoughts on comedy and racism?
KH: I just don't have a humor for racism. I don't find it funny. I've never been a comedian to touch on race. I can't stop racism from happening, so I don't talk about it. It's real, it exists and it's a sensitive subject. Things like the Trayvon Martin case, I don't touch on it.
TR: You're currently on an arena tour called "Let Me Explain." What can your fans expect from this one?
KH: I think I found success in being honest and talking about problems that I have before others have a chance to. It's good to be self-deprecating. That's one thing that I'm good at and one thing I've learned. People feel like they can relate to me. They understand me. When you have people who feel that way, your supporters are so much more than just fans.
Akoto Ofori-Atta is The Root's assistant editor. Follow her on Twitter.