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The Business of Being Kevin Hart: How He Built a Comedy Empire
Kevin Hart is one of the most successful comedians in the world, and for good reason. He’s funny, relatable, and has built an impressive comedy empire that includes stand-up specials, movies, TV shows, and even a production company. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at how Kevin Hart built his comedy empire and what we can learn from his success.
The Early Years
Kevin Hart was born in Philadelphia in 1979. He grew up in a tough neighborhood and used humor as a way to cope with difficult situations. As a teenager, he began performing stand-up comedy at local clubs and quickly gained a following. However, it wasn’t until he moved to New York City in the early 2000s that his career really took off.
The Rise to Fame
In New York City, Kevin Hart quickly established himself as one of the top comedians on the scene. He appeared on popular TV shows like “Def Comedy Jam” and “ComicView” and released his first stand-up special in 2009. From there, his career skyrocketed. He released multiple successful specials on platforms like Netflix and HBO and starred in hit movies like “Ride Along” and “Central Intelligence.” In addition to his work as a comedian and actor, he also launched his own production company called HartBeat Productions.
The Business of Being Kevin Hart
One thing that sets Kevin Hart apart from other comedians is his business savvy. He’s not just a performer; he’s also an entrepreneur who knows how to build a brand. In addition to his production company, he’s launched successful partnerships with brands like Nike and Tommy John underwear. He’s also written several books about his life experiences that have become bestsellers.
Lessons Learned from Kevin Hart
There are several lessons we can learn from Kevin Hart’s success. First, it’s important to find your niche and hone your craft. Kevin Hart knew he was funny and worked hard to perfect his stand-up comedy skills. Second, it’s important to be persistent and never give up on your dreams. Kevin Hart faced a lot of rejection early in his career but didn’t let that stop him from pursuing his goals. Finally, it’s important to think like an entrepreneur and look for opportunities to expand your brand beyond just performing.
In conclusion, Kevin Hart is a true success story who has built an impressive comedy empire through hard work, persistence, and business savvy. By studying his career path and applying the lessons he’s learned, we can all strive for similar success in our own careers.
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Kevin Hart’s Hartbeat Ventures takes its first outside investment from J.P. Morgan
Hartbeat Ventures is taking in its first institutional investment from J.P. Morgan, comedian and entrepreneur Kevin Hart announced today at TechCrunch Disrupt. He made the announcement alongside J.P. Morgan’s head of digital investment banking and digital private markets Michael Elanjian and Hartbeat Ventures’ president and co-founder Robert Roman.
Hartbeat Ventures, an early-stage VC firm with a focus on lifestyle, media and technology, is focused on inclusion — financial inclusion, specifically. A portion of the new fund will be allocated toward supporting minority and underrepresented founders.
Hart said he had a bit of trouble entering the world of investing and noted that there is a learning curve.
“I had to learn why investing was okay,” Hart said. “From my understanding, the world of investing — well, it was attached to the space of a con. You’re trying to con me out of my money. I don’t trust you. I’m not giving nobody my money so they can run off and do what they want — that was my challenge. The biggest learning curve for me was understanding that the investment has a timeline attached to it and because I invested today, does that mean I get anything tomorrow?”
Robert Roman at Hartbeat Ventures and Kevin Hart talk with Natasha Mascarenhas, Senior Reporter at TechCrunch, to discuss “The Art of Inclusivity” at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco on October 19, 2022. Image Credits: Haje Kamps / TechCrunch
Hart touched on how he learned that it’s important to be confident when investing and understanding the world of growth. He noted that his biggest challenge was understanding that investments have a timeline and that it’s important to learn how the economy works and how to make your money work for you.
He also said that he trusts his team to do what is best for the firm and that he has aligned himself with people who have invested successfully.
“This is not a Kevin Hart machine that Kevin Hart stands in front of and I said it has to happen and there’s no other way,” Hart said. “This is a table. This is a table where we sit and we talk, we ideate and we come up with the best possible ideas. That’s something that I’ve done very well over the years. I’ve aligned myself with people who have done it right and that’s how I’ve learned.”
As for the investment from J.P. Morgan, Elanjian said that the investment marks the max allocation possible through Project Spark, which is the company’s initiative that invests proprietary capital into diverse and women-led ventures. The program is led by Jamie Kramer, the head of Alternative Solutions Group at J.P. Morgan Asset Management.
“We created an initiative a couple years ago called Project Spark, which is ‘how can we give diverse funds capital and first-time fund managers to change that equation?’,” Elanjian said on stage. “Over the last few years, we’ve put $90 million into 23 funds that have gone on to raise over $900 million of capital. And so through this project and through meeting with Kevin’s team, we’re super excited that as of yesterday, we just closed and J.P. Morgan is now the first investor in Hartbeat Ventures’ new fund and we’re very excited for the things that we can do together.”
Roman also announced that he has invested personal capital into Hartbeat Ventures, but wouldn’t disclose how much.
Hartbeat Ventures has already invested in a number of companies, including electrolyte beverage brand BrightFox, avatar platform Ready Player Me, sustainable bottled water brand Path, massage therapy device Therabody, sustainable packaging brand Cleancut, car leasing platform Rodo and social food ordering platform Snackpass.
Elanjian also announced J.P. Morgan was getting deeper into the venture space by way of a new digital platform, Capital Connect, which will leverage the firm’s data, network and services to help grow early-stage private markets.
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Houston may not be known as an entertainment capital. But it has, in one way or another, launched or advanced the careers of some of America's biggest stars.
And now, as floodwaters continue to devastate the city, many of these celebs are responding with substantial aid pledges.
Houston's most famous native daughter is Beyoncé. In an exclusive statement to the Houston Chronicle , the pop star said she was working with her BeyGood charity team, as well as her local pastor in the city, to figure out the best way to provide relief to residents. She did not disclose how much she planned to donate.
In an Instagram post , rapper Drake, whose earliest U.S. shows took place in Houston and who has a Houston Astros baseball logo tattoo, said he was "working with local relief groups to aid and assist the people of Texas in anyway we can and in the most immediate way possible."
"Houston has truly been a home to me over the last 8 years," he wrote.
Houston Texans All-Pro Linebacker J.J. Watt has had the most successful campaign so far, having raised more than $5.6 million . Watt's campaign reached $200,000 within two hours of launching, the Chronicle reported.
[NOTE: We have updated fundraising amounts since originally publishing this story.]
Other megacelebs are also stepping up as the damage to the region continues to mount.
On Monday, comedian Kevin Hart took to Instagram to launch what he called the Hurricane Harvey Relief Challenge, calling out fellow actors and comedians to each pledge $25,000. So far he's raised nearly $1 million.
In response to Hart's call, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson said he would donate $25,000, while singer Chris Brown said he would donate $100,000.
Tuesday morning, Kim Kardashian Tweeted that her family would pledge half a million dollars to relief groups.
Country singer Chris Young, who has a house in East Texas, has himself raised over $300,000 through his GoFundMe page, which has set $500,000 as the goal.
After we originally published this story, Sandra Bullock also jumped into the mix, pledging to donate $1 million to the Red Cross's relief effort.
Even though some of these fundraising efforts have only recently gotten underway, and some of the Hurricane Harvey donation amounts have not been disclosed, these celebrity campaigns have already generated over $8 million when added up.
Bloomberg reports that estimates for costs related to Harvey now range from $30 to $100 billion, with almost one-third of casualties uninsured.
Kevin Hart ‘Reality Check’ Tour
Pollstar’s comedy touring artist of the decade Kevin Hart brings fans his first major tour in over four years, with the Reality Check tour. Kevin Hart and the Reality Check tour will head to FedExForum on Friday, October 21, 2022 .
Tickets for the Reality Check tour go on sale to the general public Friday, June 10, at 10 a.m . on ticketmaster.com or at the FedExForum Box Office . An exclusive FedExForum presale is available beginning Wednesday, June 8, at 10 a.m. through Thursday, June 9 at 11:59 p.m . for current Memphis Grizzlies MVP Season Ticket Members, recipients of FedExForum Event Alert e-mails and subscribers of Grizzlies e-News.
Per tour policy, upon arrival at the venue, phones will be secured in individual Yondr pouches that will be opened at the end of the event. Guests maintain possession of their devices at all times and can access them throughout the event only in designated Phone Use Areas within the venue. All devices will be re-secured in Yondr pouches before returning to the performance space. All pouches and equipment are routinely sanitized. The Yondr staff is trained and required to follow safety guidelines and hygiene protocols to practice social distancing, minimal contact and wear required personal protective equipment. Anyone seen using a device during the performance will be escorted out of the venue by security. We appreciate your cooperation in creating a phone-free experience.
Hailed as one of the highest-earning stand-up comedians of 2019 by Forbes, Hart recently sold out Crypto.com Arena as part of Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival. Additionally, his previous global comedy tour sold out over 100 arenas around the world, and he sold over one million tickets worldwide in 2018 during his Irresponsible Tour. Hart continued to break records with his hometown stand-up performance at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field during his What Now Tour, marking the first time a comedian sold out an NFL stadium in Philadelphia.
For more information, visit fedexforum.com , like FedExForum on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram at @fedexforum. Fans can purchase tickets for all shows on sale to the general public at ticketmaster.com or at FedExForum Box Office . Exclusive FedExForum presales are available to all Memphis Grizzlies MVP Season Ticket Members, Grizzlies and FedExForum e-News subscribers.
ABOUT KEVIN HART
Emmy and Grammy nominated Kevin Hart was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he launched his career as a comedian during an amateur night at a local comedy club. Over the years, Hart has become Hollywood’s box office powerhouse, opening ten films at number one at the box office with $4.23 billion revenue at the global box office. Hart is the Chairman of HARTBEAT and Founder of HartBeat Ventures. Both of these companies play an integral part of his eco-system serving as an incubator for extraordinary growth and creativity. Hart continues to develop, star, and produce feature films and television and podcasts via HARTBEAT for his various partners which include Netflix, Peacock, Sirius XM and Audible.
In 2020 Hart released his seventh hour long stand-up special, “Zero Fu**ks Given,” which quickly became Netflix's biggest stand-up special of 2020 and earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album. Hart also earned Emmy nominations for “Die Hart,” for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series along with an Emmy nomination for his Docu-series, “Don’t F**k This Up”. Kevin is a New York Times Best Selling author twice over and his first Audible original, “The Decision,” was nominated for an Audie award for Best Original Audiobook in 2021.
Kevin’s brand partnerships include Fabletics Men, Chase, J.P. Morgan, Hydrow, NutraBolt, Brüush, Tommy John and Therabody.
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Bag Policy and New Screening Measures
FedExForum has implemented a CLEAR BAG POLICY that also limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into any event.
Only bags meeting the following standards will be allowed inside FedExForum:
- Clear bags made of plastic, vinyl or PVC no larger than 6x8x2 inches
- Bags MAY NOT have an all-over print or decoration that prohibits FULL view of its contents
- The bag may contain a strap, but metal or chain straps are prohibited
- One quart or smaller clear plastic storage/freezer bag (Ziploc or similar)
- Wallets (sized to carried in the front or back pocket) no larger than 5x3.5 inches
Clear bags and wallets compliant with the above will also be screened through X-Ray machines.
Limit one (1) CLEAR bag per person.
Exceptions to this policy will be made for all medically necessary items after proper inspection.
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Closed October 21, 2022
When he's onstage, a bundle of manic energy, funny voices, simple props, catch-phrases and shtick, Hart delivers.
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Kevin Hart is a Philly-born former shoe salesman who has become one of the funniest actor-comedians in America today. He has appeared in films such as the Jumanji franchise, Get Hard and Central Intelligence. A lot of his material is drawn from his personal experiences with family, friends and loved ones.
Citing Chris Tucker and DL Hughley as influences, he has established a firm fanbase amongst African-Americans as well as continuing to draw wider audiences through his various television projects and movies.
Kevin Hart is a Philly-born former shoe salesman who has become one of the funniest actor/comedians around. With an absent father who was in and out of jail for much of his childhood (now reconciled), Kevin learned to use humor to shield his difficult experiences growing up. He has appeared in various tv and films including The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Along Came Polly, Get Hard and recent box office hit Central Intelligence.
Performance date: 21 October 2022
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Kevin Hart returns to Memphis with Reality Check tour stop at FedExForum
Comedy supernova Kevin Hart returns to Memphis with his first major tour in more than four years. Hart’s Reality Check tour will see the film star and standup king headline FedExForum on Friday.
Here’s a look at what Hart has been doing and what fans can expect as the show hits Memphis this weekend.
Already one of the most beloved (and ubiquitous) presences in entertainment and advertising, in 2022 Hart has continued to expand his empire. Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Productions has become a major force in TV and streaming, and he’s also the founder of HartBeat Ventures, a venture capital firm with a focus on lifestyle, media and technology.
Those efforts follow a decade-plus of stardom for the Philadelphia-born Hart. The Emmy- and Grammy-nominated funnyman remains a top box office champ, having opened 10 films at No. 1, with his films having generated $4.23 billion in movie ticket sales worldwide.
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Kevin Hart's history in Memphis
Hart is no stranger to Memphis and the Mid-South having performed in the region numerous times over the years, including memorable stops on his “Let Me Explain” tour at the Orpheum in 2012 and FedExForum on his “What Now?” tour in 2015.
But he’s always done a little more for the city, whether appearing on the late Bobby O’Jay’s WDIA morning show, or as he did in 2014, working a shift at the A&R BBQ on Elvis Presley and handing out sandwiches to fans. That appearance coincided with a Memphis red carpet premiere of Hart’s feature film “Think Like A Man Too” at the Malco Paradiso.
In 2017, Hart returned to town to mingle with Memphis' young comedians as part of "Hart of the City.” The Comedy Central show created by Hart and comic writer and actor Joey Wells focused on a different city (Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, etc.), providing a showcase for several local comics and chronicling Hart's travels in the city and his mentor-type meetings with up-and-coming standups.
Another Memphis connection came in 2019, when director Craig Brewer (“Hustle & Flow,” “Coming 2 America" ) brought his Bluff City-based series “You Look Like” — inspired by the monthly insult-comedy competition at Midtown's P&H Café — to Hart's Laugh Out Loud Network.
Reality Check tour
Hart’s Reality Check tour of U.S. arenas kicked off in July in Las Vegas’ The Chelsea, and so far he’s played in front of a quarter of a million fans. Hart has been playing across the country and has already passed through the region a once, playing in Nashville and Little Rock. In November, Hart will return to Las Vegas for a multinight stand at the Theater at Resorts World, which is expected to be filmed for his next standup special.
The Reality Check tour, which will stretch five months through 2022, enjoyed a run of East Coast dates earlier in the year, that grossed around $2 million per show. A recent list published in touring industry bible Pollstar — which hailed him as the comedy touring star of the decade — reported that Hart’s career touring gross earnings “are nearing $190 million.”
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'Phone free experience'
Joining a list of other high profile comedians — including Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock and Amy Schumer — Kevin Hart’s tour dates, including the Memphis show, will be a “phone free experience.”
According to FedExForum here's how it works: “Upon arrival at the venue, phones will be secured in individual Yondr pouches that will be opened at the end of the event. Guests maintain possession of their devices at all times and can access them throughout the event only in designated Phone Use Areas within the venue. All devices will be re-secured in Yondr pouches before returning to the performance space. All pouches and equipment are routinely sanitized. The Yondr staff is trained and required to follow safety guidelines and hygiene protocols to practice social distancing, minimal contact and wear required personal protective equipment. Anyone seen using a device during the performance will be escorted out of the venue by security.”
Tickets to FedExForum show
Seats for Hart's FedExForum show start at $56 for mezzanine and upper level. A small number of lower level seats are still available for $76.60 and $92.50. Platinum seating and VIP packages are also available starting at $216 and going up to $444. To purchase tickets, go to Ticketmaster.com .
Comedian Kevin Hart brings ‘Reality Check’ tour to FedExForum
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Kevin Hart is launching his first major tour in over four years and he’s bringing it right here to the Bluff City.
Hart’s “Reality Check” tour will take over the FedExForum for one night only on Friday, October 21.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, June 10 at 10 a.m.
An exclusive presale is available on Wednesday at 10 a.m. through Thursday at 11:59 p.m. for current Memphis Grizzlies MVP season ticket members, recipients of FedExForum Event e-mails and subscribers of Grizzlies e-news.
Visit ticketmaster.com to purchase purhase tickets and find additional tour information.
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