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D. L. Hughley
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Jun 23 2016
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Darryl Lynn D. L. Hughley is an American actor, stand-up comedian, and star of the television sitcom The Hughleys, which ran from 1998 to 2002 on ABC and then on UPN.
D.L. was the second of four children. He grew up in L.A.'s South Central where he was a member of the Bloods gang after getting kicked out of high school. However, he turned his life around after a cousin was shot.
He quit the gang and got a job as a telemarketer for the Los Angeles Times, where he moved into management and met his wife-to-be. She was the one who persuaded him to try his humor on stage. After years of club dates, he was chosen by BET as the first host of Comic View and subsequently got additional recognition with two very adult oriented HBO specials.D.L. Hughley grew up in South Central Los Angeles and had a difficult childhood, getting kicked out of high school and becoming a member of the Bloods gang. After his cousin was shot, Hughley turned his life around, got a GED and a job and, tried his hand at stand-up comedy. His comedy was a huge success and in 1992 he was picked to be the first host of BET's ComicView. He also appeared in the 3rd season of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as an old friend of Will Smith trying out for an audition as a comedian.
Hughley went on a nationwide stand-up comedy tour by 1997, with Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bernie Mac as the Kings of Comedy. The comedy act was later put into a film by Spike Lee called The Original Kings of Comedy.In 1998, Hughley was given his own TV sitcom, The Hughleys, on ABC. It received high ratings in its first season, thanks in part to a lead-in by the popular Home Improvement. However, by the following season, the show was moved to the low-rating TGIF segment on Friday nights and the ratings tanked. ABC cancelled the show in 2000, but it was granted a reprieve by UPN, which ran it for an additional two seasons.
Hughley began working on an acting career during this time, providing the voice of the Gadgetmobile in the 1999 film Inspector Gadget and performing in Scary Movie 3. He also stuck with his stand-up comedy roots, becoming host of Comedy Central's Premium Blend in 2003. In 2005, his late-night talk show Weekends at the D.L. premiered on Comedy Central. He once appeared as a guest on Comedy Central's Daily Show.He is number 54 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.Hughley is one of the stars on Aaron Sorkin's comedy show Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, as one of the show-within-a-show's more popular cast members. In Episode 5, The Wrap Party, Hughley's character Simon Stiles explains his life story.
Hughley provided interview footage on the Richard Pryor tribute special, I Ain't Dead Yet, #%$#@!!, with Bernie Mac and Cedric The Entertainer.
Hughley made a fresh appearance at Providence Performing Arts Center, where he performed a special show for Johnson and Wales Students free of charge for the students. At the show's ending, he brought a freshman majoring in Baking backstage and offered to give the student his books free of charge as a condolence to being used as target practice.
Hughley has been married to LaDonna since 1986. They share three children, daughters Ryan Nicole and Tyler Whitney, and son Kyle Aaris.