Part high school reunion, part interview show, ‘Def Comedy Jam 25’ is a fun 90 minute journey on Netflix. As more than one comedian noted, there was a time when black comedians could be killing it for years and never even dream of being on the Tonight Show. Russell Simmons recognized the void and got HBO to buy in. Everyone from household names like Rock and Chappelle to the Kings of Comedy pay their respects in this show.
I’m old enough to remember Def Jam at its peak, but whoever organized the clips still did an excellent job of pulling from some classic sets and one liners you’ve just forgotten about if you haven’t seen them in 20 years. There was a nice tribute to Bernie Mac; I still feel his Def Jam set is the best stand up routine I have ever seen (way too X rated to repost here but not that hard to find).
As for the Netflix episode, there’s a part near the end where DL Hughley and Chappelle go off script… That’s all I need to say, isn’t it? Best part of the show.
Worth watching if you’re a fan of urban comedy.