The o.g. Original Kings of Comedy alum — who’s touring now with a crew of D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, Eddie Griffin and Charlie Murphy for The Comedy Get Down — lamented at how show business doesn’t seem to have room for more than one famous black comedian today.
“It’s definitely changed,” Ced said.
“Now you have one-offs. I mean, you know, that’s the thing about the ability…used to be, you gotta think about it. There was a time when there was a lot of people famous. People had TV shows. People out there doing things. There was a multi — you had movie businesses. Martin (Lawrence) had his own movie business. Bernie Mac doing movies. You had me doing movies. You had the Wayans brothers. They all, everybody had their own space. Right? Now it’s Kevin Hart. And this ain’t got nothing to do with Kevin Hart. This is about the business. This is the business, and he makes money. He makes good movies, and he and Cube did well. They did great! And that — that set everything else back up. And that’s how the movie business works. Cube being Cube. It set everything else back up, man. It’s down to one guy at a time, man, until you’re making money. If you make a lot of money, you can be who you are. If you’re not making a lot of money, it’s one guy at a time.”
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