Comedian/actor Kevin Hart is on a roll with hits like the Ride Along movies and Central Intelligence dominating the box office, so he’s not about to jeopardize that success by alienating members of his audience with cheap shots at Donald Trump.
When asked in a May 30 interview with Variety if he would go after the current president, the actor responded: “When you jump into that political realm you’re alienating some of your audience. The world today, it’s really not a laughing matter. It’s serious. I don’t want to draw attention to things I don’t have nice things to say about.”
With his fellow comic Kathy Griffin losing gigs by the day, maybe she could learn a thing or two from the A-List star.
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The following is the relevant excerpt from the May 30 Variety article by Senior Film and Media Editor Brent Lang:
Most of the new hour will be stories about raising his children in the cocoon of celebrity, a cloistered world far removed from North Philly. He’ll also delve deeper into his relationship with his second wife, Eniko Parrish, whom he married last summer. Hart whips out his iPhone and scrolls through a list of funny things he’s observed and thinks could be the genesis of new bits.
“I’ll take a year break between specials, and during that year I’m traveling, I’m a family man, I’m going out, I’m putting myself in position to soak up what could be material,” Hart says.
As open as he is about his difficult childhood or broken marriage, there are topics he won’t touch. Comedians have feasted on President Donald Trump, lampooning everything from his comb-over to his fractured syntax, but Hart won’t pile on. His act eschews politics.
“When you jump into that political realm you’re alienating some of your audience,” he says. “The world today, it’s really not a laughing matter. It’s serious. I don’t want to draw attention to things I don’t have nice things to say about.”