Kevin Hart Series Coming to Comedy Central, Streaming Digital
Kevin Hart already seems to be everywhere. His IMDB page lists 13 acting credits since the beginning of 2014, from two “Ride Alongs” to the TV movie “Keep It Together” to voicing a bunny named Snowball in the upcoming animated feature “The Secret Life of Pets.” And that doesn’t include his producing and writing work and standup gigs.
The comic actor keeps so busy that Academy Awards host Chris Rock joked in his monologue that he didn’t dare boycott the ceremony over the #OscarsSoWhite controversy because “the last thing I need is to lose another job to Kevin Hart.”
Well, get ready for more Hart. A lot more.
Comedy Central has ordered two Kevin Hart series: a travelogue called “Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City” that explores the nation’s comedy scenes, and an as-yet titled series of stand-up specials featuring up-and-coming comedians, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Kevin Hart Series Include Video-on-Demand Shows
Hart also is moving big-time into digital space, entering into a partnership with Lionsgate to launch a video-on-demand service called Laugh Out Loud to carry his standup comedy shows and another work outside of movies and to create an adventure game for social media mobile, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Lionsgate has always been a great partner of mine, and I’m more than excited to take our business and creative relationship to new levels,” says Hart in a statement. “I understand the direction in which the television business is headed, and I see this big new space toward which audiences are starting to gravitate. I believe that launching this venture together now puts us ahead of the pack.”
Lionsgate Partners with Kevin Hart Series on Digital
Jeff Clanagan, CEO for Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films division, adds: “The Kevin Hart brand speaks for itself, and his combination of creative brilliance and financial acumen position Laugh Out Loud and his social game to continue expanding his global fan base while introducing his comedic genius to a whole new online audience.”
It seems the only thing Hart can’t do these days is crack through the tough exterior of his “Ride Along” costar Ice Cube, who struggled to keep his composure around Hart.
“It takes a lot of skills not to laugh,” Cube shares. “It’s important not to laugh because you could mess up something great that he does. He might improvise. I owe it to him not to laugh because it messes up the take.”
Give it some time.