Dr. Laura’s use of the N-word, the Chilean Miners Rescue, and the Black man’s struggle were just some of the topics that comedian DL Hughley talked about during his three-night run at the Pittsburgh Improv Oct. 28-30.

Dressed in a black pinstripe suit and sporting a cigar and a glass of red wine, Hughley had the audience cracking up throughout his 45-minute set.


He spoke about times gone by when parents made their children go out and play and not return unless they had a reason or until they were called for dinner. He also joked about parents using whiskey to cure several ills, including a teething baby or a sick child with a drink called a hot toddy, which consisted of tea, lemon and whiskey.

“If we all listened to parents and grandparents and followed their advice, the world wouldn’t be as bad a place as it is,” Hughley said to a rousing round of applause.

The comedian joked about audience members and made a White patron an “honorary Black man for the day that got laid off on Monday.”

Hughley proved that although he had been away from the Pittsburgh comedy scene for a few years—his last appearance here was in October of 2007 at the Carnegie Library of Homestead for his “Unapologetic” tour—he can still make Pittsburghers laugh at the ridiculous high jinks of our government, entertainers and each other.

In addition to his stand-up, Hughley recently decided to try his hand at hosting a game show. The funnyman recently taped a pilot of a game show for NBC titled “Who’s Bluffing Who?”

Seven contestants will use their bluffing skills to try to win $500,000. During each episode, contestants will try to advance in the game to become the lone winner of the money. No date has been set for the game show’s debut.

In addition to that, Hughley can be seen guest starring in “Hawaii Five-0” and the upcoming series, “Glory Daze.”

Hughley may be best known as one of the Original Kings of Comedy, which made the politically-conscious comedian a household name.

The movie, which chronicled the 1999 tour antics of Hughley, the late Bernie Mac, Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer, earned almost $40 million at the box office. It was the most successful movie of 2001. The “Kings of Comedy” tour grossed $37 million nationwide.

Following that success, he starred in his own sitcom, “The Hughleys” for four seasons opposite Elise Neal.

Hughley also had other stints in the television arena including a commentator spot on CNN entitled “DL Breaks the News” and a part on “Studio 60 on Sunset Strip.”

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