“Phat Tuesdays: The Era of Hip Hop Comedy” tells the story of how Guy Torry overcame obstacles to launch an all-Black comedy night at The Comedy Store.
Five things you need to know:
- In “Phat Tuesdays: The Era of Hip Hop Comedy,” Torry and a lineup of famous comedians and personalities share memories, laughs and tributes to a night at The Comedy Store that forever changed the comedy landscape. The docuseries includes interviews with Anthony Anderson, Tichina Arnold, Nick Cannon, Dave Chappelle, Snoop Dogg, Cedric the Entertainer, Tiffany Haddish, Steve Harvey, Regina King, Jo Koy, Luenell, Jay Pharoah, JB Smoove, Chris Tucker, Kym Whitley and more.
- Phat Tuesdays was established following the tragedy of the 1992 LA uprising. “Just getting to Phat Tuesdays to be on stage was very important because people weren’t going back to the Comedy Act Theater, which was down in South Central, after the LA riots,” Whitley said.
- The showcase brought everyone together for laughter, including Black comedians, celebrities and the public. “The reason why I’m a Laker fan is because of Magic Johnson,” said Torry, co-producer of the documentary. “He would come to Phat Tuesdays to scout talent when he had his management agency. But he was there because he said he was a fan of the show.”
- Torry collaborated with director-producer Reginald Hudlin to create the docuseries. “First of all, you get to hang out with the funniest people on Earth and talk about the good old days and, and learn from them, learn about the science of comedy,” Hudlin said. “And then you meet the next generation of comedians and just talk about their personal journeys, from sleeping on couches to being multimillion dollar celebrities.”
- Nick Cannon, comedian and creator of “Wild ‘N Out,” started his career on the stage of Phat Tuesdays as a teenager. “When we created ‘Wild N Out,’ Phat Tuesdays was the model,” he said.