Divine Comedy: 25 Best Stand-Up Specials and Movies

From classic HBO specials to arena-comic concert flicks, these bits continue to crack us up

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11. 'The Original Kings of Comedy' (2000)

It's no wonder this Spike Lee-directed stand-up special launched relatively unknown comics' careers and spawned countless copycats: The film, which features Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, Bernie Mac and a fresh-faced D.L. Hughley, is nothing less than an party. Music, dancing, impeccable outfits, lighthearted audience interactions, and talking about the good old days all play a significant part of the evening; the rest is catchphrases about life, family etc. that are impossible not to repeat. (Just mentioning Mac’s "milk and cookies" or Cedric's "run coordinator" to a casual fan is likely to get a call-and-response in return.) As far as his part in the project, Spike Lee told the Guardian, "I wanted to see this [tour] on film because it had to be documented. This was a cultural event. It was the most successful comedy tour ever — and mainstream America didn't even really know about it." ML

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