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Kevin Hart coming to Save Mart Center

Kevin Hart speaks at the Comedy Central roast of Justin Bieber in Culver City in March.
Kevin Hart speaks at the Comedy Central roast of Justin Bieber in Culver City in March. Associated Press file

In a YouTube video to talk about his current comedy tour, Kevin Hart explains how, over the years, he was “a grown little man. After that I was seriously funny. Then I wanted you to laugh at my pain. Then I said, ‘Wait, let me explain.’ 

Now, the question he gets most these days is “What now?”

The answer to that question, according to Hart, is “to be continued.”

One place it will be continued is Save Mart Center as Hart brings his “What Now?” comedy tour to Fresno on Wednesday, Oct. 28. A limited number of seats are available.

This is the first tour of arenas for Hart. He was on the road in 2011 for his “Laugh at My Pain” tour that hit 90 cities and grossed more than $15 million. A year later, his “Let Me Explain” tour pulled in more than $30 million.

According to Variety, his “What Now?” tour has sold more than 600,000 tickets and grossed more than $35 million across its 95 shows between late March and September. The tour is still going strong, and Hart will take it international in 2016.

The rest of the answer is Hart is everywhere.

Not only has the Philadelphia native become a massive box office draw with movies such as “Get Hard,” “The Wedding Ringer,” “Think Like a Man” and “About Last Night,” he’s one of the top stand-up comedians and has been successful on TV.

Hart has almost 20 million Facebook followers and more than 21 million followers on both Instagram and Twitter.

This massive following started building after he launched his comedy career at the beginning of the 21st century.

His first TV job was a guest spot on “Undeclared” in 2002. From there, he began building his film credits with a role in the 2002 movie “Paper Soldiers.”

Along with all of his movie appearances and touring, Hart can be seen on “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” a comedy spoof of the “Housewives” genre that airs on BET. Nick Cannon, Boris Kodjie, Nelly and J.B. Smoove also star. The series started out as a comedy sketch by Hart when he hosted the 2011 BET Awards.

It was Hart’s conversations with the cable network that made him believe the comedy short could become a TV show. He was working as a shoe salesman and performing at amateur nights in comedy clubs.

“It developed into something else that I had no idea that it could be. And I’m glad that we got the people that we got because now the potential of the show is amazing. I feel like it could be around for a while,” Hart says.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1

Kevin Hart ‘What Now?’ tour

  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28
  • Save Mart Center, 2650 E. Shaw Ave.
  • Tickets $52.50, $62.50, $92.50
  • To buy, go to the Save Mart Center box office, call 800-745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com
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