Kevin Hart, the highest-paid comedian in 2016, was a guest on the Howard Stern Show this week to promote his new book, I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons. Kevin Hart revealed that he and Chris Rock threw out their comedy material and went back to the drawing board after watching Dave Chappelle’s recent set.
Hart recalled a recent night that he and Chris Rock tried out some new material at the Comedy Cellar in New York. Both got off stage satisfied with their performance.
“Dave Chappelle pops in later that night. Me and Chris go downstairs so we can watch Dave. Keep in mind, me and Chris are excited. Dave went on stage. It was so good that me and Chris just took what we had, we balled it up. We threw it in the trash.” Hart added, “I was so disgusted at seeing where my level of thinking was after seeing where Dave was.”
He went on to reveal his strategy for building a successful career as a comic, which often includes doing 45 sets in a week until he gets his material just right.
Hart spent 30 hours a week getting from Philadelphia to New York City for five minutes of stage time.
“The unsuccessful get halfway to the finish line, then turn around,” he states. “The successful get halfway, then keep going. Both run the same distance, but only one makes it to the finish line.