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Steven Hughley – A Compelling Actor and Comedian
D.L. Hughley turned his talent for observational humor into a successful career as a comedian and actor after dabbling briefly with street gangs.
Aaron Sorkin also featured him as Simon Stiles on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, another comedy sketch series by Sorkin.
Mo’Nique is no stranger to taking on some of Hollywood’s top figures and she recently added comedian D.L. Hughley to her list of foes over a contract dispute.
Early Life and Education
Steven Hughley is one of the world’s finest comedians. With an innovative sense of humor that provokes thought, his hilarious comedic skills have made him a household name in movies, TV shows and news channels alike.
He has hosted a few radio shows. A well-recognized figure in the African American community, he has an illustrious career in comedy.
He has long used his talk show Hughley Breaks the News to address sensitive political and racial topics, while currently hosting The D.L. Hughley Show on Cumulus Media radio station.
Hughley has found success as a comedian at numerous comedy clubs and on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam. Additionally, he has appeared on multiple talk shows and achieved newfound notoriety by becoming the inaugural host of BET’s Comic View.
Mo’Nique continues to attack Hughley following their contentious war of words and contract disputes, even including Harvey in her dispute during a morning show discussion prompted by comments he made at an upcoming standup show.
Hughley joined Renkus-Heinz as Sales & Marketing Assistant in 2017, responsible for marketing communications collateral, social media posts, trade show coordination, reporting to Vice President of Sales & Marketing Rik Kirby at their Foothill Ranch California Headquarters.
Achievement and Honors
D.L. Hughley stands out in stand-up comedy as an adept comedian, known for his sharp wit and clever humor. Hughley rose to fame while performing as part of the Kings of Comedy troupe alongside fellow comedians Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bernie Mac. Subsequently he became a movie and television show actor as well as having his own talk show!
Recently he brought his talent to Johnson and Wales University where he performed for free for students. Following his performance he brought one student backstage so he could present them with one of his books as a thank-you gift.
The Peabody Awards recognized the DLA Distribution/Disposition Integration Team’s efforts in streamlining storage and distribution functions at collocated sites around the world, while receiving this prestigious honor from Hughley himself.
After experiencing an unstable childhood that included being kicked out of high school and joining the Bloods street gang, D.L. Hughley overcame obstacles to find success by earning his GED and entering stand-up comedy. Hughley would later go on to become known worldwide after hosting BET’s Comic View for nine consecutive episodes beginning in 1992.
Hughley has used his television and film roles as an opportunity to speak out on various social and political issues with humor. Using comedy as an avenue of debate and discourse, Hughley frequently addresses sensitive topics that challenge societal norms.
Hughley is also known for being a dedicated family man; he married LaDonna in 1986, raising three children together. When not working or watching baseball, Hughley enjoys golf and baseball fanaticism in his free time.
He is renowned for capturing autobiographical and topical humor with ease.
At first, he developed his comedic talents through playing area clubs before transitioning into TV show hosting as the original host for BET’s Comic View.
Hughley moved around throughout his early life before settling in South Central Los Angeles where he quickly got involved with gang life and eventually got expelled from school. Subsequently he earned his GED and began working at The Los Angeles Times.
As time passed, Hughley found himself being cast in numerous movies and television shows, increasing both his fame and wealth.