The comedian performed twice at the Key in Seattle on Sept. 12, delivering observations on everyday life with his trademark energy and ability to laugh at himself.
Kevin Hart opened one of his two stand-up routines on Saturday night by explaining the name of his tour. “It’s called ‘What Now’ because that’s the question people are always asking me,” he said. And his answer? “It’s always something.”
“What now?” is a legitimate question for Hart. What has he not done, between the stand-up, the movies, the TV show and the production company? He’s even the star of a growing fitness empire that includes a series of pop-up 5K runs in the cities where he’s appearing (the Seattle run drew hundreds to Gas Works Park on Saturday morning).
Wearing a black jacket and jeans, Hart took the KeyArena stage to a James Bond-themed opening montage that eventually switched to a backdrop featuring the glittering Seattle skyline. “I can honestly say that Seattle has my back,” he said to cheers before launching into a performance full of his trademark dynamism and physical energy.
His comedy was full of observations on everyday life, including why he doesn’t want to live near wild animals and why he doesn’t like taking out the trash. That last bit stretched believability: Does a guy worth that many millions still take out his own trash?
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Complaining about the ways private school is ruining his son was more plausible — and very funny, as was his impression of the way his own unrepentantly old-school father interacts with his kids. “It does piss me off a bit that my kids have no edge,” he said.
Now that he’s one of America’s most accomplished comics (this will likely be the highest-grossing comedy tour of all time, having made $35 million in advance sales alone), some of Hart’s best material involves the downside of success. Having piles of cash is nice, but a fan asking for a selfie with him in a public bathroom? Not so much.
Still, if anyone is invested in keeping things real, it’s this guy — especially since no matter how often he triumphs, he’s still often the butt of his own joke. When he took off his jacket and the crowd screamed in appreciation, the famously short comic joked, “Stop trying to make me feel tall!”
Hart closed his show by praising the audience. “What I love about this city is, when I look around this room, I see every race, every ethnicity possible,” he said. “We can love together; we can live together.” That kind of diversity is a beautiful thing, but it might say more about Hart than it does about Seattle. He’s the kind of guy who appeals to anyone who’s around to listen, ensuring fans will keep watching for whatever he’ll do next.