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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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It ran from 2005 to early 2006. Later that year, Hughley signed on for the new TV show Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, written by West Wing powerhouse Aaron Sorkin. Hughley's character was a sketch comedian on the fictional late-night show depicted in the series. Although Studio 60 started out with big expectations, the show never gained a strong following and was cancelled after one season. Hughley was realistic about the problems on the show, saying that, although disappointed,
he wasn't surprised that it had been cancelled.
Hughley went on to make his next HBO special, Unapologetic. From there, he moved even further away from acting, taking a job with CNN as host of D.L. Hughley Breaks the News. The humorous program was a departure for the network, which was hoping to capitalize on the lead-up to the 2008 presidential election. The show went off the air after a few months, when Hughley decided he wanted to be based in Los Angles in order to spend more time with his family. Next up was radio. Armed with his own morning show on New York's KISS FM, Hughley tried to cultivate a following as a radio personality. Due to issues with the syndication company, however, the show went off the air after a little over a year.
Throughout all of his work, D.L. Hughley has retained his belief that comedians should stay true to their own points of view. He offered the following advice in an interview, when asked what younger comedians should know: "If you lack the courage of your convictions, sell shoes." At the same time, Hughley doesn't want to simply turn his performances into a tool for his own ends. "My gig is to observe all that stuff and take it in without ever forgetting that I'm here to make people laugh, not to preach."
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