Kevin Hart Cracks Up A Soldout Bryce Jordan Center
The name of Kevin Hart’s most recent standup comedy tour is “What Now?,” a question that Hart said he gets quite often these days. In other words, now that he’s reached international fame as a comic and starred in a handful of movies, what comes next? For now, the answer seems to be a pretty simple one: keep making people laugh. On Sunday night at the Bryce Jordan Center, Hart did just that in front of a packed, sold out arena.
While many fans came out hoping to hear Hart’s famous “alright, alright, alright” impression of his father, the comedian went with some new material on Sunday. He covered some race-related topics, a staple of his humor. When Hart first took the stage, he said that he loves playing at Penn State because the crowd is very mixed, or as he put it, “white, black, and other.”
It was a standup routine packed full of stories and plenty of self-deprecation. Hart focused primarily on his family, recounting times spent with his son and daughter. In one story, he talked about a raccoon that terrorizes his suburban home. Hart sent his son out to get the trash because he was too frightened after watching a scary movie.
A common theme in these stories was Hart abandoning his family to save himself. He discussed his fiancee’s obsession with asking hypothetical questions. Hart said that she once asked him what he would do if she fell off a boat and was attacked by a shark. Unsurprisingly, Hart said that he couldn’t fend a shark off, so he’d leave her limbless body to the mercy of the ocean.
The raccoon story was a theme throughout the routine, mostly because Hart swears that it peeked through the window, made a gun with its hand, and fired it at him before disappearing into the darkness. Hart said that he doesn’t lie anymore, and he’d have no reason to make up a story about a humorously humanlike raccoon.
Hart was upbeat throughout his set, feeding off of the crowd. At one point, a fan threw a large, red pair of underwear on the stage. A Hershey chocolate bar was attached to the underwear, along with a request for a picture with Hart. He threw the drawers backstage, but later thanked the fan after the show.
Just as quickly as Hart’s set began, it was over. An hour of standup from the star comedian flew by. Although it wasn’t quite up to par with some of his earlier material, I had a smile on my face for just about all 60 minutes of the performance. It’s tough to please a crowd when you reach stardom with a special like “Laugh At My Pain” — which is an absolute classic and added phrases like “you gon’ learn today” to the American vernacular.
Hart had the crowd laughing the whole way through on Sunday. It would be no surprise to see Hart make another return trip to the Bryce Jordan Center in the future.