Funny things come in small packages. American actor, comedian and writer Kevin Hart stands at only five foot four inches but is able to outwit many of his much larger co-workers. Raised by a single mother and an absent father, Hart proved he was the bigger man when he put aside any harsh feelings and helped his father get clean. Here are some funny and not-so-funny facts about the pint size comedic with the big heart.
10. Growing Up and Early Career
Hart was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He and his older brother, Robert, were raised by their single mother, Nancy Hart, in a rough neighborhood. Hart’s father, Henry Witherspoon, was a known drug addict and spent most of Kevin’s childhood in and out of jail. Hart moved to New York City and then to Brockton, Massachusetts after graduating from high school, where he worked as a shoe salesman.
As a young boy, Hart was obsessed with comedy. His favorite comedians were Chris Tucker and J.B. Smoove, whom he would later work with on Hart’s sitcom Real Husbands of Hollywood. While working as a shoe salesman, Hart began to pursue his career in stand-up comedy using the stage name Lil’ Kev the Bastard at several small comedy clubs throughout Philadelphia.
Hart admitted his comedy career had a rough start. Not many people saw him and those who did see him did not find him funny. He said, “I was trying to be everybody. I was so confused. I did not know what to do.” He found his way when veteran comedian Keith Robinson began to mentor the youngster.
Under Robinson’s guidance, Hart began performing under his own name. He created material from his own life experiences, which included his father’s drug addiction and rough upbringing. His new material seemed to be the key to success. He won several amateur stand-up performances and started doing stand-up comedy regularly in clubs all around the country.