Watch: Sneak peek of D.L. Hughley's debut stand-up Netflix special 'Contrarian' promises scathing social commentary
D.L. Hughley brings 'Contrarian' to the streaming platform for release across all territories this coming September 18
Actor, political commentator, radio host, author, and stand-up comedian D.L. Hughley is set to appear in his debut original stand-up special on Netflix. Titled 'Contrarian', the special will premiere on the streaming platform across all territories on September 18.
The 55-year-old, best known as the original host of BET's 'ComicView' from 1992 to 1993 and the eponymous character on ABC/UPN sitcom 'The Hughleys', will address a host of topics in his performance, including the grave repercussions of giving your children unique names.
According to an official description for the special, Hughley will bring his honest and sharp observations to the audience at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia. Through the course of his performance, he "keeps his audience in hysterics as he tells it like it is about the hypocrisy of racism in America, being a man during the #MeToo movement, why cell phones are ruining relationships, and parents who do not follow warning signs."
Netflix has released a brief 1:12-minute teaser-trailer for the special, showcasing Hughley at his witty best. The star from 'The Original Kings of Comedy' can be seen explaining why parents should avoid giving their children 'urban names'. "Got to be careful with what you name your children," he says. "Giving a child a wrong name could be a disadvantage economically for the rest of their lives."
"A recent survey of potential employers said the more ethnic and urban a name sounds, the less likely they'll even consider employing them," he continues in his trademark fast-paced style. "They fill those applications right in the trash. You got to know what a name means. My name is Darrell, that means beloved. My manager's name is Gary, that means warrior."
"Daquan... means not hiring," he says to rapturous cheers and applause. In the rest of the trailer, however, he addresses those who claim Barack was an ethnic name and yet, ascended to the very top of the U.S. presidency. "Well, Barack had two things behind his name a lot of m*****f****** don't," he says. "Harvard and graduated."
Hughley, who earned his stripes through performances in 'The Original Kings of Comedy,' CNN's 'D.L. Hughley Breaks the News,' and NBC's 'The Jay Leno Show,' has lost none of his touch, delivering punchlines with the same panache and swagger that's made him a very well-respected and admired figure in the stand-up scene.
Besides his career in comedy, Hughley also managed to land a ninth-place finish on 'Dancing With the Stars' alongside two-time champion Cheryl Burke. He has also authored two books, 'Black Man, White House: An Oral History of the Obama Year' and 'How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People', the latter of which was published this June.
Watch the trailer for D.L Hughley's new standup special here: