'Raw' meets Cosby
in young comic's raunchy take on family life.
Kevin Hart takes a raw approach to the sub-genre of stand-up about being
married and raising kids with his new album “Seriously Funny,” released
July 20 on Comedy Central Records, following on his special on the
The title is apt, as Hart takes the serious subject matter of the
everyday life of a married man and makes it uproarious.
“Women don’t know how to tell stories,” Hart observes, giving a perfect
example of a winding tale about his wife’s workplace that goes nowhere.
Hart applies the same “man’s man” approach to other pieces, like “One of
My Biggest Fears” being that his son will be gay – to the point where
he’ll step in if he sees anything wrong happening on the playground.
“Storm Out Correctly,” another piece on the album, counsels husbands to
make it quick when rushing out to prove a point in a marital argument.
“You’re trying to put the fear in that you may never be coming back,”
Hart says. “And you can’t get stuck waiting for one of the kids wanting
to come with you.”
In happier times, as in another piece, called simply “Sex,” Hart
imagines himself a skilled lover, but his beleaguered wife will say,
“You’ve been doing the same moves since 1988.” Hart places himself at
times as the fool and at others as the embattled martyr to the family
unit, with just a small amount of character voices to illustrate his
stories, with earthy no-nonsense monologues that connect with an