D.L. Hughley

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Actor • Host • Comedian • Writer

Birth Date: March 6, 1963

Age: 61 years old

Birth Place: Los Angeles, California

A gang-affiliated high school dropout who turned his life around to become one of the most popular comedians in America, D.L. Hughley is all that and so much more. Over the course of a nearly four decade-long career that spanned stage and screen, Hughley carved out a career that includes stand-up, acting, voiceover, hosting, and even political and social commentary. Who would've thought that one of the Original Kings of Comedy would become one of America's most vital critical voices? Born Darryl Lynn Hughley on March 6, 1963, Hughley and his family moved from Portsmouth, VA to South Central Los Angeles shortly after his birth. Like many young black men from South Central, Hughley fell victim to the allure of gang life, becoming a member of the Bloods, one of L.A.'s most notorious street gangs. His involvement with the Bloods would eventually lead to him being expelled from San Pedro High School. However, in his twenties, Hughley left the gang life behind, earned his G.E.D., and began working at The Los Angeles Times. Eventually, Hughley discovered his true calling in stand-up comedy. He first became known to audiences as the host of "ComicView" (BET, 1992-2008), a stand-up comedy showcase that aired Fridays on BET. Though he left the show after its first season, Hughley was in. His next big project was producing, writing, and starring in his own sitcom, "The Hughleys" (ABC, 1998-2002). A satirical look at Hughley's own experiences of culture shock living with his black family in an upscale, largely white neighborhood, "The Hughleys" was a big hit, lasting four seasons. During this time, Hughley joined forces with fellow comedians Steve Harvey, Bernie Mac, and Cedric the Entertainer for the Original Kings of Comedy tour, which was captured in a uproariously hilarious concert film, "The Original Kings of Comedy" (2000), directed by Spike Lee. Hughley then returned to television, guest starring as the older brother of Turk (Donald Faison) on "Scrubs" (NBC, 2001-2010), and trying out a a more dramatic role on Aaron Sorkin's ill-fated "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC, 2006-2007). His next project was a short-lived comedic news show, "D.L. Hughley Breaks the News" (CNN, 2008-2009), followed by a stint as a morning radio DJ for 98.7 KISS FM with his show "The D.L. Hughley Morning Show." On the 16th season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005-), Hughley came in ninth place. An accomplished author, Hughley has released three books: I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up: How the Audacity of Dopes Is Ruining America (Crown Archetype Press, 2012), Black Man, White House: An Oral History of the Obama Years (William Morrow, 2017), and How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People (William Morrow, 2018). Hughley could next be seen hosting his own talk show, "The D.L. Hughley Show" (TV One, 2019).

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The Daily ShowStream

Host
Series
2023

Sherri

Guest
Talk
2022

Hell of a Week with Charlamagne Tha GodStream

Guest
Talk
2022

Right to Offend: The Black Comedy RevolutionStream

Self
Docuseries
2022

CBS Mornings

Guest
News
2021

JohnsonStream

Actor
Series
2021

All-Star Comedy Jam: South Beach

Actor
Show
2021

Def Comedy Jam

Host
Show
2021

Def Comedy Jam

Self
Show
2021

Def Comedy Jam

Writer
Show
2021

GMA3: What You Need to Know

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Show
2020

D.L. Hughley: Uncut

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2020

Access Daily

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Show
2019

Tamron HallStream

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Talk
2019

The DL Hughley Show

Executive Producer
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2019

The DL Hughley Show

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2019

Urban One Honors

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2019

The Fix

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2018

Today 3rd Hour

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Show
2018

The NeighborhoodStream

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D.L. Hughley
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2018

D.L. Hughley: Contrarian

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2018

D.L. Hughley: Contrarian

Executive Producer
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2018

D.L. Hughley: Contrarian

Screenwriter
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2018

The Comedy Get Down

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2017

Def Comedy Jam 25

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Show
2017

The Opposition w/ Jordan KlepperStream

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Talk
2017
75%

The Comedy Get Down: Extras

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2017

STEVE on Watch

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Talk
2017

Match GameStream

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Game Show
2016

To Tell the TruthStream

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Game Show
2016

HeartbeatStream

Actor
Dr. Hackett
Series
2016

Dying Laughing

Self
Movie
2016

The Daily Show with Trevor NoahStream

Guest
Talk
2015

D.L. Hughley: Clear

Self
Show
2014

Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host

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Show
2013

Bethenny

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Show
2013

The Real

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Talk
2013

Politicking With Larry King

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Show
2013

Who Gets the Last Laugh?

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2013

Gotham Comedy Live

Actor
Show
2012

DL Hughley: The Endangered List

Actor
Show
2012

Katie

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Talk
2012

Anderson Live

Host
Show
2012

Steve Harvey

Guest
Talk
2012

Latham Entertainment Presents: An All New Comedy Experience

Actor
Show
2012

D.L. Hughley: Reset

Self
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2012

Good Afternoon America

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2012

CBS This Morning

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2012

Comedy on the Edge

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2011

LIVE with Kelly

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2011

LIVE with Kelly

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2011

The Chew

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Talk
2011

Cat Run

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Dexter
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2011

The Talk

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Talk
2010

Hawaii Five-0Stream

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Series
2010

Access Hollywood Live

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2010

The 18th Annual Trumpet Awards Show

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2010

Talk Stoop

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2010

Shaquille O'Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam, Live From South Beach

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2009

Lopez Tonight

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2009

The Dr. Oz Show

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Talk
2009

Watch What Happens Live With Andy CohenStream

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Talk
2009

Shaken Not Stirred

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2008

D.L. Hughley Breaks the News

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2008

Living Legends of Comedy: Real Talk

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2008

America United: In Support of Our Troops

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2008

The Wendy Williams ShowStream

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Talk
2008

The Wendy Williams ShowStream

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Talk
2008

The 39th NAACP Image Awards

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2008

Doubting Thomas: Lies and Spies

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Albert
Movie
2008

D.L. Hughley: Unapologetic

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2007

D.L. Hughley: Unapologetic

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2007

S.O.B.: Socially Offensive Behavior

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2007

Studio 60 on the Sunset StripStream

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Simon Stiles
Series
2006
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Studio 60 on the Sunset StripStream

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Simon Stiles
Series
2006
74%

Estudio 60

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2006

The Adventures of Brer Rabbit

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Brer Fox
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2006

Cloud 9

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Movie
2006

Dancing With the StarsStream

Contestant
Reality
2005

D.L. Hughley: Shocked & Appalled

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2005

Before They Were Kings: Volume 1

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2005

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson

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Talk
2005

Shackles

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Ben Cross
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2005

Tavis Smiley

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Talk
2004

Soul PlaneStream

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Johnny
Movie
2004
18%

Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet ...

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2003

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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Talk
2003

Real Time With Bill MaherStream

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Talk
2003

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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2003

Chasing Papi

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Rodrigo
Movie
2003

Inspector Gadget 2

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Gadgetmobile
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2003

Scary Movie 3Stream

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John Wilson
Movie
2003
35%

Latham Entertainment Presents

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Movie
2003

ScrubsStream

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Kevin Turk
Series
2001
83%

The BrothersStream

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Derrick West
Movie
2001
63%

The Original Kings of ComedyStream

Screenwriter
Stand-up
2000
83%

The Original Kings of ComedyStream

Self
Stand-up
2000
83%

The ParkersStream

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1999

D.L. Hughley: Going Home

Executive Producer
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1999

D.L. Hughley: Going Home

Self
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1999

D.L. Hughley: Going Home

Writer
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1999

The Daily Show With Jon StewartStream

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Talk
1999

Inspector Gadget

Voice
Gadgetmobile
Movie
1999

The Hughleys

Actor
Series
1998

The Hughleys

Executive Producer
Series
1998

The Hughleys

Writer
Series
1998

The View

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Talk
1997

Access Hollywood

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News
1996

The Chris Rock ShowStream

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Talk
1996

The Watcher

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1995

Double Rush

Actor
Marlon
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1995

Extra

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News
1994

Comedy Half-Hour

Actor
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1994

Late Night With Conan O'Brien

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Talk
1993

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

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Talk
1992

Russell Simmons' Def Comedy JamStream

Actor
Series
1992

Russell Simmons' Def Comedy JamStream

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Series
1992

The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirStream

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Series
1990

One-Night Stand

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1989

Good Morning America

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News
1975

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