Kevin Hart’s Hartbeat Weekend - review

Published: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 4:35 PM | Review by: Shari Bollers | Afridiziak Star Rating:
Kevin Hart, Hartbeat Weekend (c) Frank Thompson Kevin Hart, Hartbeat Weekend (c) Frank Thompson

Funny man, Kevin Hart was in London over the weekend for his HartBeat Weekend. Not satisfied with writing and producing his own material, this man wants to give audiences another chance to laugh. He has carefully hand-selected people that he admires and had come through the sets with. Sunday’s performance took place at the SSE Arena Wembley to a jam-packed audience of fans.


Kevin Hart opened the show and entertained us in the best way he knows how- by making us laugh. Watching him on TV and seeing him real life live - is another experience entirely. You can just tell by the way the audience reacted to him. We were then treated to the comedy offerings from our very own Kojo, who came on stage to a comedy hungry audience. He certainly flew the flag for the UK as the lone British ranger. He was followed by, pen-and-paper-checking-off-the-funny-jokes, Deon Cole - whose LA based style and wit had the audience snickering in laughter - feeling kinda naughty and nice at the same time.


Kevin Hart, Hartbeat Weekend (c) Frank Thompson Kevin Hart, Hartbeat Weekend (c) Frank Thompson

Rodney Perry had an old school style and suaveness, to let us know how things really are, drawing inspiration from his family, life and weight. Whilst body popping alone on stage he decided that wasn’t enough, he then selected members of the audience to do the same and passing the electric wave across the arena to each other. The audience were lapping it up. He reminded me of Steve Harvey.


The main head line act and I think rightly deserved, saving the best to last was the enigmatic Donnell Rawlings. This guy had no boundaries and no race stone was left unturned. He picked it up a few times and kept turning it over like it was a rotisserie chicken. No one and nothing was spared. But the audience who were a collective of races were laughing unanimously, maybe his observational humour were not ok for some, but it didn’t seem like it. There was a raucous of laughter after laughter.


Layered between all these performances was Kevin Hart, he would often pick on something that he had noticed from the comedians and highlight what he found funny. Often still laughing at it as he recollected the thoughts on stage between acts.


What these comedians have in common is that they were selected by Hart because he believed they had a perspective about life, how it was delivered and about the comedy execution. Yes they did deliver but perhaps to diversify the comedy set, they could have had more British comedians or some female counterparts? Maybe next time...

What these comedians have in common is that they were selected by Hart because he believed they had a perspective about life, how it was delivered and about the comedy execution. Yes they did deliver but perhaps to diversify the comedy set, they could have had more British comedians or some female counterparts? Maybe next time…


This year’s Hartbeat was hilarious and Hart promises bigger and better for next year. So, if you missed out this year then 2015 is not to be missed.


I look forward to it Mr Hart.



Related links

Kevin Hart’s Hartbeat Weekend was at SSE Wembley Arena on Sunday 12 October 2014
Hartbeat Weekend August Alsina Live, hosted by Kevin Hart has been cancelled




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