Kevin Hart talks 'Let Me Explain,' kids & comedy: 5 questions
Kevin Hart turns 33 on Wednesday, July 3, and also has another reason to celebrate -- his new stand-up comedy documentary film "Let Me Explain" hits theaters.
The comedian and actor talked to OTRC.com about getting the big laughs on stage, honing his comedic skills and making his children proud. Hart has two children with his ex-wife.
Check out 5 questions answered by Kevin Hart.
1. Kevin, I want you to tell me what you're afraid of, because when you're on stage, you're not afraid of anything.
"What am I afraid of, man? I am afraid of letting my kids down. That is the one true fear that I have. Right now, my kids love their father and I'm Superman and whatever I say, I can produce or do. My fear is not being able to do or provide for my kids."
2. Will you raise them spoiled? Will they get new cars when they're 16, or are you going to make them work for it?
"You know, it's so tough, man, because you wanna say, 'No! No, I'm gonna make my kids do what they're supposed to do and they ain't gonna be spoiled.' But then, at the same time, you wanna give your kid the things that you didn't have. You wanna give your kids the opportunities that you never had."
"I think it's finding the balance of loving your kids and doing the most for them and at the same time, making them appreciate what you have and the opportunities that they have and understanding where they came from. So, I'm big on hard work, I'm big on doing what we say we are going to do and finishing out those things. And that's one thing I have instilled in my kids at a young age."
3. Tell me what it's like on stage when you get that big laugh.
"I mean, words can't describe it, you know. It's ... you're passing the test. You know, it's where you take the written spelling test or, as a child, or your history test, and you studied but you don't know how well of a job you did studying but you know you studied a whole lot and you get your test back and you get an A+."
"It's that level of relief you breath. That's what it is when you get that big laugh on stage. You're holding your breath and you're talking. Until you get that, 'Am I OK? Am I doing OK?' and once you hear that roar [exhales] & let me relax now. They get it. They get me. They came to laugh. It's gonna be good."
4. Was there a moment in your career where you knew you could see that line, cross it and get a laugh and keep going.
"Yes, yes. I think with age, comes growth. The more years you put into your craft, the better, more comfortable you'll become. For me, it got to a point where my segues were jokes as well. So my way to transition in and out of material became jokes -- little teeny jokes, not big, big laughs, just enough to get me from point A to point B."
5. So you say, with age, comes comedy wisdom. But you're only going to be 33 the day this movie comes out.
"Hey, it's a beautiful thing, man, it's a beautiful thing. You know, I'm not an old man yet, but I've been around and doing comedy for 16 years now. So, within my craft, within my field of entertainment, I am old. I am becoming wise beyond my years because I know what I want and what I don't want and I know how to do what I want to do."
"I know how to execute a plan when it comes to comedically telling the story and the timing of it and the transitions of it and the beginning, the middle and the end. So, you know, I think, I wouldn't know all this stuff if I didn't have the years that I have in the business. So I had the years in comedy to thank for the knowledge that I have now."Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).