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Comedian gives Cleveland ‘Hart’ attack

Felicia Haney | 6/20/2014, 10:16 a.m.
Friday, June 20. In the film, Cedric takes on the task of being his friend’s best man at a Vegas ...
All eyes were on comedian - actor Kevin Hart as he walked the red carpet during a Cleveland premiere of his film "Think Like A Man Too" Photo by MYCHAL LILLY

Since news broke that comedian Kevin Hart would be personally coming to Cleveland to deliver his latest film, “Think Like A Man Too,” the city had been all abuzz. “How do I get tickets?” was the No. 1 question pertaining to the soon-to-be No. 1 movie at the box office come Friday (according to Kevin Hart who likes to “speak things into existence”). Just like the film, the only way to score tickets had to be done in true Vegas fashion… Win big by pressing your luck as the right radio call-in contestant or… you had to know a guy who knows a guy that could get you on the list. Lucky for us, we’re well connected.

Lucky for Cleveland, Hart has an affinity for the city where he filmed his comedy special 2010 comedy special “Seriously Funny” – what Hart considers the launch pad for the success he reaps now. “Cleveland has been a supporter of mine ever since [‘Seriously Funny’],” Hart said in front of an audience of hundreds of screaming fans at Tower City Cinemas. “On my last tour, [‘Let Me Explain’], I sold out the damn Q, which is unreal. So, being that you guys have always been there for me, I felt that it was my duty to bring this film here to you guys personally.”

Speaking of personally delivered presents… Call it a conspiracy theory, but on the day Hart touched down in the ‘Land, I landed a “bum bump” on my face when I woke up that morning. How does that happen? Hart gave me the answer in a brief one-on-one interview on the red carpet before the Cleveland premiere. “That’s me! It’s not a conspiracy theory; it’s called the Kevin Hart effect,” he said confirming my suspicions. Naturally the next question was, “So, how do I get rid of it?” The home remedy he provided was to “use Clorox. Clorox and a toothbrush. And, you gotta get to scrubbin’. That’s the only way you’re going to get rid of a bum bump; it’s a fact.” Well, since I’m barely passing the brown paper bag test, bleaching is not on my list of to-dos. But, it prompted my next question about the infamous Twitter comment referencing dark skinned girls Hart made four years ago that just won’t go away. “I think to address it is just ridiculous,” said Hart. “All you can do is laugh. It was a tweet that was taken out of context, people didn’t like it; I get it. Sometimes as comedians we make jokes that don’t work. You don’t address things like that; that’s how you make people realize how ridiculous they’re being.”

On to other ridiculous things that do need to be addressed is his ridiculously funny role as Cedric in “Think Like A Man Too,” out this Friday, June 20. In the film, Cedric takes on the task of being his friend’s best man at a Vegas wedding. When asked if Hart, who’s divorced in real life, has ever been a best man himself he looked puzzled before answering, “I’m glad you brought that up. None of my friends have ever asked me to be their best man! I don’t know if I’m not giving off a quality or there’s something about me but… they’ve all jumped passed me to somebody that I thought was a lesser friend than I was. You know what?... I’m gonna make some calls after this damn it… Damn it!”

Cleveland, be sure to call up your friends and head to see Kevin Hart and the rest of the all-star cast in “Think Like A Man Too” this weekend. Its predecessor did $91 million at the box office. Hart wants us to help make this one lucky No. 1.