Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Funny man Kevin Hart is on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter’s  2013 Comedy issue.

The annual issue spotlights rising talent that has gained momentum over the past year versus veteran acts. THR  describes this year’s class of comedians as individuals that “will do anything for a laugh, while seizing the moment and building fresh fan bases and revenue streams.”

Hart is obviously “head of the class” having scored a number of victories of the past 12 months.  From hosting Saturday Night Live  to box office hits like Think Like a Man  and his new found success with the BET series, The Real Husbands of Hollywood,  Hart has become that go-to guy in Hollywood.  In addition, Hart has two new films on the horizon including Let Me Explain  and Quick and Easy. Both films are being released through his new partnership with Lionsgate and CodeBlack Entertainment.

Hart talks about his career in a behind-the-scenes video for the special issue. He reminisces about the first time his family recognized his comedic talent as well as being an underachiever in swimming (Hart was part of the famous PDR Swim Team featured in the film, PRIDE ) and his desire to go beyond the African-American audience.

“Being in the black community, the one thing you need is the Black love first.  When you get that and they put a stamp on you and say, ‘Hey you are funny man, we like you and we’re rolling with you’ is one of the best feelings in the world.   I think the goal for me at the end of the day is to be universal.  I don’t want to appeal to just one race,”  says Hart.

Check out the rest of the video below and tell us what you think…

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