Adam Ridley is a documentary Producer, Director and Editor originally from Detroit, Michigan. His first documentary short was about the private-press musician Dane Sturgeon called The Wild 'n' Tender Dane Sturgeon (2012). He has since produced/directed the Netflix documentary Series Last Chance U (2016) and the short documentary about the first male stripper The Story of Sweet Pie (2014). He also edited the documentary episode for the Netflix show W/Bob and David: W/Bob and David: Behind the Making of the Scenes (2015) and the documentary Mitt (2014) which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. His brother is Ryan Ridley, the Writer/Executive Producer of Rick and Morty (2013)
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Comedian, producer and actor Kevin Hart discusses his comedic influences, his NAACP Image Award for “Entertainer of the Year” and how social media played a role in his success. Hart also talks about raising his children with his ex-wife, the support his mother gave him when he was first starting out and how he learned to forgive his father for being absent during much of Hart’s childhood.
"You have to experience some down to know why you’re getting up."
This week, Lewis sits down with Kevin Hart to talk about his path to superstardom, from his early days as a struggling comedian to his current goal of becoming a billionaire entrepreneur. They discuss the lessons Kevin learned from past mistakes, the perspective he gained from his nearly-fatal car crash, and the habits that allow him to be successful. Kevin also shares insights from his new motivational audiobook, The Decision: Overcoming Today's BS for Tomorrow's Success.
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"I don't understand how you do something halfway. I did that through high school, and doing that, I saw the instant consequence." — Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart (@kevinhart4real) 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, Kevin has become one of Hollywood’s box office powerhouses, opening ten films as the number-one movie on opening weekend. Kevin’s memoir, I Can’t Make This Up, debuted at number one on The New York Times Best-Seller List and remained in the top 10 of the Print Hardcover Best-Seller List for ten weeks straight. The Decision: Overcoming Today’s BS for Tomorrow’s Success—an Audible Original launching May 21st and a follow-up to his memoir—helps people get mentally fit using the same tools and rules he’s developed to elevate his own life.
Kevin can next be seen in Sony’s Fatherhood, a movie that he is not only starring in but also producing through his production company, Hartbeat Productions. He most recently starred in the Sony franchise Jumanji: The Next Level. In 2019, Hart reprised his role as the white-haired rabbit, Snowball, in Universal’s The Secret Life of Pets 2. Before that, Hart starred in STX Entertainment’s The Upsidealongside Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman. In 2018, Hart co-wrote, produced, and starred in Universal’s Night School, all under Hartbeat Productions.
His last live stand-up comedy tour, “The Irresponsible Tour,” was released as a Netflix Original Stand-Up Special in April 2019.
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This lecture was given at Hillsdale College on 26 February 2020.
About the speaker: Kevin Hart is the Edwin B. Kyle Professor of Christian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia where he also holds professorships in the Departments of English and French. His most recent scholarly books include Kingdoms of God (Indiana UP, 2014) and Poetry and Revelation (Bloomsbury, 2017). Among the books he has edited are JeanLuc Marion: The Essential Writings (Fordham UP, 2013) and The Exorbitant: Emmanuel Levinas between Jews and Christians(Fordham UP, 2010). He is currently editing the fifth volume of a multivolume series The Bible and Literature, which will appear with Bloomsbury in 2020. His poetry is gathered in Wild Track: New and Selected Poems (Notre Dame UP, 2015) and Barefoot (Notre Dame UP, 2018). Among other honors, he holds an honorary doctoral degree in Philosophy from the Institut Catholique de Paris.
“When I started doing stand-up, there were loads of people who were naturally funnier than I was and better…they had that thing where they were naturally hilarious. but, they’ve gone nowhere, because they didn’t care about it enough and they weren’t working hard enough. I would rather be on stage than do anything else, genuinely.”
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Tom Lucy is the kind of guy one finds impossible to dislike. He’s kind, charming, FUNNY, engaging, and has two first names. He has a solid group of friends, a loving family, and has a good head on his shoulders. He’s career-oriented. A thinker. Driven. He’s 23.
The first time we met, we began our conversation by examining our mutual, ten year separated, existential crises. Our second encounter was at a birthday dinner where I watched him concoct a last-minute birthday speech, which was perfectly (and comedically) executed. The third time we sat across one another and I badgered the poor guy for an hour on comedy and the inner-workings of his field, which led us to discuss the potential of sitting down to record the very podcast you’re about to hear. He said yes. I followed up…and, here we are.
We spoke of all the things I like best: Vulnerability, Work Ethic, Family Dynamics, Relationship’s pitfalls and joys, and Wake Up calls. For 23, the dude has a lot to share without an ounce of judgement or righteousness. I’ll let you decide for yourself. Oh, and don’t bother calling him Tom. It’s Tom Lucy.
“The version of who you are on stage is a very two-dimensional character: this is 15% of my personality that I’m making you think is 100% of my entire personality.
When you meet someone, there’s a bit of that “ohhh the reason you like me is because you saw that stage version of me, and when you realize that that’s notactuallyme, you’re not going to like me.
so you feel like you have to be that version of yourself on stage the whole time [in real life].”
“WHAT I’M STARTING TO REALISE IS HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO HAVE A REALLY STABLE PERSONAL LIFE, BECAUSE I THINK IT HAS A POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE.”
“A LOT OF MY MALE FRIENDS, WE’RE ALL A LOT BETTER AT BEING HONEST WITH EACH OTHER. IF ANY OF MY MATES HAVE ISSUES THEY DO TALK ABOUT IT. I DO THINK THINGS ARE CHANGING.
PARTICULARLY WHEN I LOOK AT MY DAD, WHO IS NOT LIKE THAT AT ALL. HE’S A GREAT GUY, BUT HE’S NOT PARTICULARLY EMOTIONAL…BUT THAT’S BECAUSE OF HOW HE WAS RAISED. WHEN I LOOK AT HIS DAD, I KIND OF UNDERSTAND WHY HE’S NOT EMOTIONAL. WHENEVER MY DAD SEES HIS DAD, THEY DON’T HUG THEY JUST SHAKE HANDS AS IF THEY’RE MEETING FOR THE FIRST TIME. I FEEL LIKE MASCULINITY IS CHANGING A LOT, ISN’T IT?”
“A lot of people assume that comedians are very confident people, but my experience is that a lot of them are actually very shy or insecure, or have some sort of need to get validation from people.”
“How can you make today the best version of the day it could possibly be? It’s quite wordy. I’d cut that down, but yeah…I guess that’s all you can do. You can’t know what’s going to happen, so all you can do is work with what’s in front of you right now, and just make the best of that.”
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