The D List

D.L. Hughley could patent his Checklist to Guaranteed Comedy Fame, yet he’s somehow fallen short of Chris Rock-caliber cachet.

Survivor of troubled formative years? Hughley’s a former Bloods gang member. Acclaimed television personality? He was the original ComicView host before tackling both Premium Blend and Def Comedy Jam. Successful big-screen debut? You may remember him as the most suave member of the Original Kings of Comedy tour and concert doc. Star of a wildly successful sitcom? The Hughleys juggernaut, anyone? Hit album? Check out 2004’s Notes from the GED Section. Host of a high-profile awards show? He was an unequivocal highlight of June’s BET Awards. Why the hell doesn’t D.L. get offers like I Think I Love My Wife and Pootie Tang?

Thoughtful, frighteningly intelligent, and undoubtedly just as sharp as he was on last year’s Unapologetic HBO special, Hughley hits the Tempe Improv for a four-night stand.

Thu., Aug. 14, 8 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 15, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 16, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 17, 8 p.m., 2008
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