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D.L. Hughley - Biography


Comedian D.L. Hughley
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March 6, 1963

D.L. Hughley Overview:

D.L. Hughley is one of the four Original Kings of Comedy, but his career goes way beyond that hugely successful stand-up tour. He wrote and starred on his own popular sitcom, The Hughleys, and has hosted his own talk shows on both Comedy Central and CNN. In the later 2000s, Hughley transitioned from a traditional observational comic into one of the country's foremost political comedians, channeling his frustrating with race politics in America into comedy that's bitingly satirical and straight up angry. Though he's not always recognized as such, Hughley has become a vital and necessary voice in today's comedic landscape.

Quick D.L. Hughley Facts:

  • Daryl Lynn Hughley was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.
  • He began performing stand-up comedy in the early 1990s and got his first break as the host of BET's Comic View from 1991-1992.
  • Hughley is one of the Original Kings of Comedy (along with Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and Bernie Mac), who had one of the most successful stand-up tours of all time and released a concert movie directed by Spike Lee in 2000.
  • He starred on his own sitcom, The Hughleys, from 1998 to 2002.
  • He released his first stand-up album, Notes from the G.E.D. Section, in 2005.
  • In 2012, Hughely published his first book, called I Want You to Shut the F*ck Up: How the Audacity of Dopes is Ruining America.
  • His first Comedy Central special, The Endangered List, premiered in 2012.
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D.L. Hughley on Televison:

After first become a TV personality as the host of Comic View on BET, Hughley created, wrote, produced and starred in his own family sitcom, The Hughleys, in 1998. The show aired on ABC for two seasons before moving over to UPN, where it aired for two more seasons before being cancelled in 2002.

Hughley was a cast member on the high-profile Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, the behind-the-scenes sketch show drama created by Aaron Sorkin for NBC. It aired for only one season, but gave Hughley the opportunity to showcase some dramatic acting ability. When that show ended, Hughley became more of a political figure, creating and hosting D.L. Hughley Breaks the News, a headline-based talk show for CNN in 2009. Like several of Hughley's TV projects, it lasted only a short time.

Additional D.L. Hughley Facts:

  • Hughley hosted his own political talk show on CNN, D.L. Hughley Breaks the News, from October 2008 to March 2009. The show ended so that Hughley could be with his family in Los Angeles, but he continues to appear as a correspondent and talking head on CNN.
  • His oldest son is diagnosed with Aperger's Syndrome, which Hughley has publicly discussed and joked about.
  • He was a runner up to replace Craig Kilborn on the CBS late night talk show The Late Late Show (the job eventually went to Craig Ferguson) and as the co-host of Live! with Kelly Ripa after Regis Philbin retired (that job eventually went to former athlete Michael Strahan).
  • In 2009, Hughley began hosting his own morning radio show on WRKS Kiss-FM in New York, where he was in direct competition with fellow King of Comedy Steve Harvey, also a morning show DJ at the time. The show was in talks to be syndicated, but a salary dispute led to the show ending in 2010.
  • Hughley regularly guest-hosts the syndicated edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? as a fill-in for regular host Meredith Viera.
  • He was a correspondent for the short-lived primetime experiment that was The Jay Leno Show on NBC.
  • He hosted Weekends at the D.L. from 2005 to 2006 on Comedy Central, a series that combined the talk show format with sketches and video clips.
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