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D.L. Hughley is an actor and comedian known for his sitcom, The Hughleys, and his appearance in The Original Kings of Comedy.
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Leaving the L.A. gang life behind, D.L. Hughley made the rounds in comedy clubs before finding spots on MTV’s Def Comedy Jam and BET’s Comic View. In 1998, Hughley debuted his sitcom The Hughleys, a family-friendly sitcom. During the run of his sitcom, Hughley also participated in the Kings of Comedy tour, which was documented in Spike Lee's 2000 film The Original Kings of Comedy.
"I think stand-up is one of the last places left where people can expect to hear a level of truth."
"If you lack the courage of your convictions, sell shoes."
Comedian, actor. D.L. Hughley was born on March 6, 1963, in Los Angeles, California. The second of four children, Hughley grew up with his father, Charles, an airline maintenance worker, and his mother, Audrey. Hughley's teenage years were rife with troubles; for most of them, he was a member of the Bloods, a Los Angeles street gang. He was also expelled from high school, but earned a G.E.D. later in life. When his cousin, a member of a rival gang, was murdered, Hughley decided to pursue a different life. As an adult, Hughley actually got teary-eyed on television while talking to his fifth grade teacher, one of the only people he says supported him when he was young. In his own words, "I was this close to not making it."
Hughley turned his back on the gang scene and got a job as a telemarketer for the Los Angeles Times, which proved to be a positive step in more ways than one. There he met his future wife, LaDonna, and was promoted to management. The pair married on February 22, 1986, and had three children: daughters Ryan and Tyler and son Kyle. LaDonna urged Hughley to try performing as a comic; soon, he was making the rounds of local clubs.
While playing area clubs and honing his stand-up skills, Hughley fine-tuned his comedic approach. "I think stand-up is one of the last places left where people can expect to hear a level of truth," Hughley says. His style of comedy reflects this point of view; he is unafraid to portray autobiographical and topical material in exactly the light he sees it. The transition to television wasn't far off. After appearances on Def Comedy Jam, Hughley was invited in 1992 to host BET's show Comic View.
In 1998, D.L. Hughley gained his widest exposure yet with the debut of his sitcom The Hughleys. The show was based around a black family that had recently moved to a primarily white suburb, a situation in which Hughley had found himself in his own life. While the show was more tame and family-friendly than Hughley's adult-oriented stand-up routines, he adapted his talents to the format. The NAACP Image Awards nominated Hughley in the Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series category five times. During the run of his sitcom, D.L. Hughley also participated in the Kings of Comedy tour with Steve Harvey, Bernie Mac and Cedric the Entertainer. The tour was documented in Spike Lee's 2000 film The Original Kings of Comedy. When Bernie Mac died in 2008, Hughley and the other Original Kings spoke at his funeral.
Hughley took a job with Comedy Central, hosting a late-night talk show called Weekends at the D.L.
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