You were quite the surprise on Kevin Hart's smash hit show on BET. That was a true and unexpected twist! Will you be joining the gang on the next season as well?
This current season that's in the works, the one they just shot, well, I wasn't able to be a part of it. We've been going back-and-forth about me making an appearance on the next, next season when they come back. I look forward to being a part of it, man. Kevin's a good guy and the show is really fun.
How much of the comedy between you guys is improv? Or, are the dialogue between you guys actually scripted through-and-through?
It was a really great combination of both. That's what is so fun about the show. Chris Spencer, who is one of the creators and executive producers of the show, is a friend with all of us guys. He's one of those brothers that we all love and respect, and I love his brand of comedy. So he'll write out the scenes and he instantly knows your beats. Then, the great thing about a show like The Real Husbands of Hollywood is that with so many funny comedians, you just find yourself jumping off the page. So, it doesn't even matter if you improvise. You just start rattling off great stuff, and even if it doesn't make the cut, it's still hilarious bits. There was a whole run about all the Kings of Comedy, about Steve [Harvey] having a hundred game shows, D.L. [Hughley] getting all political. The guys are asking me if I'm "left wing or right wing," and I shoot back, "I like sandwiches." All of that was freestyle, just going off the dome totally with that. It was a lot of fun!
J.B. [Smoove] is running and jumping into the pool [laughs]. It was really just things that happened in the moment because we were out doing one another. It reminded me of those old days, way back before Kings of Comedy, y'know? Those old Def Comedy Jam days when we would riff and go back-and-forth with one another. We would just attempt to up the joke. You go with one and then on to the next one, and just make it bigger.
The comedy game and how it operates has changed thanks to the likes of Louis C.K. and Aziz Ansari. Selling tickets through the Internet and creating a dynamic experience are the norm within the culture. With rumors floating of Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle doing a tour together, do you see yourself hitting the road hard and coming out with your own unique show?
I'm really trying to design that now, even with this show's schedule going up. I've been constantly thinking about hitting the road. I'll still go and do spot dates here and there. I always am trying to find ways to stay busy. But there has been some talk of trying to really formulate a plan. Steve's retired... We talked about going out and doing the "Dynamic Duo" tour, but I think that that won't happen. I want to do a really big show. I definitely love the idea of it, as I will always love performing stand-up. I believe it's one of the key things that motivates me to do creative television and movies. So, I would look forward to performing, in creating ideas that get the laughter out there into the world, and having a platform—but in a Kings of Comedy-esque way.
The Soul Man series also stars John Beasley and Wesley Jonathan, and returns for its second season tonight on TV Land at 11:00 p.m. / 10:00 p.m. CT.