mobile logo

The Original Kings Of Comedy, The Hughleys Star, And Philadelphia Radio Host D.L. Hughley Makes His Kimmel Center Debut To Film His New Comedy Special May 11, 2018

Posted on March 19, 2018

For a PDF version of this press release, click here.


Tweet It!

One of the Original Kings of Comedy @RealDLHughley brings his hilarious stand-up to the @KimmelCenter 5/11! More info at


Press Contact:

Monica Robinson                                                                                                            


[email protected]    


Rachel Goldman


[email protected]




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, March 19, 2018) –– The Original Kings of Comedy and The Hughleys star, D.L. Hughley, comes to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ Merriam Theater Friday, May 11, 2018 to film his new comedy special D.L. Hughley: Contrarian. Don’t miss this opportunity to join D.L. for one of the two live tapings at 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Hughley, one of the most iconic stand-up comedians and actors out there, has produced multiple hits on various networks including ABC, NBC, HBO, and CNN, and can be heard daily on Philadelphia’s 100.3 WRNB-FM radio in the afternoons.


“D.L. Hughley’s career has been non-stop since first emerging onto the scene with his own sitcom, The Hughleys, and continuing to lend his creative and comedic approach to news, drama, and comedy across many channels,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

“This season has been and continues to be jam packed with comedy across our entire Campus as we showcase a variety of different acts that keep our audiences laughing and longing to come back for more.”


D.L. Hughley is one of the most popular and highly recognized standup comedians on the road today who has also made quite an impression in the television and radio arena.  Most recently, D.L. served as host of his own late night talk show on CNN, D.L. Hughley Breaks the News.  In addition, he starred in NBC’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, hosted the BET hidden camera reality series S.O.B. Socially Offensive Behavior, starred in his own HBO comedy special entitled Unapologetic, and hosted HBO’s Def Comedy Jam as well as the BET Awards in 2008.  Hughley spent four successful years starring in his own sitcom The Hughleys, and showed no signs of slowing down. It was the mega-hit The Original Kings of Comedy that launched D.L. into superstardom. The film, based on the 1999 tour featuring D.L., Bernie Mac, Steve Harvey, and Cedric the Entertainer, garnered close to $40 million at the box office and became one of the highest selling DVDs in 2001. D.L. continues his reign on the stand-up comedy front, selling out concert halls and headlining comedy clubs across the country. 


Other featured upcoming performances at the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus include: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends: New Worlds (April 4, 2018, Academy of Music), Capitol Steps: Orange is the New Barack (April 6-7, 2018, Perelman Theater), Jerry Seinfeld (April 7, 2018, Academy of Music), Hannibal Buress (May 19, 2018, Merriam Theater), An Evening with Jay Leno (May 19, 2018, Academy of Music), and Men Are From Mars – Woman Are From Venus LIVE! (June 23, 2018, Perelman Theater).



Merriam Theater

Friday, May 17, 2018, 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Presented in association with Live Nation



Tickets are on sale now and start at $30.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. See for more information.


Live Nation Entertainment

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world's leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Media & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit


The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center Campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2017-2018 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit


# # #

For a PDF version of this press release, click here.


For photography, please visit

< Previous Article Next Article >