Comedian Kevin Hart has told the Daily Beast why he won’t trash the President.
“The way that I see it, my job as a comedian is to spread positivity. To make people laugh,” Hart said in the interview. “And I don’t want to draw attention to what’s already pissing us as a people off.”
Hart claims that avoiding politically charged comedy prevents him from alienating a portion of his audience, something that shows like Saturday Night Live needs to embrace.
“When you jump into that political realm you’re alienating some of your audience,” the comedian said in May.
Hart explained he would rather be “a bright spot” for people instead of using politics to get cheap laughs.
“I want to take your mind off of whatever may be going on in your life that could be wrong and give you a reason to say, you know what? It’s going to be OK. That’s being the positive, motivating, inspiring person that I am, that I always will be,” Hart explains.
“Everybody’s not going to see things the way I want to see them. And they shouldn’t,” he said. “That’s what makes us individuals. In that particular realm, I keep my opinions to myself. And like I said, if I don’t have anything nice to say, I shouldn’t say it at all. I’m not in the business of trashing people.”
Hart’s idea seems to be working for him as he recently became Forbes’ highest-paid comedian gaining $87.5 million in 2016.
Hart has launched Laugh Out Loud, a new “24/7 comedy” streaming service in which he partnered up with Lionsgate Entertainment to bring to life.
“He is not an individual, he is an organization. He is a force of nature,” Jon Feltheimer, Lionsgate CEO, said of the comedy icon.
“I want them to say, oh my god, the opportunities are large at Laugh Out Loud, because of what Kevin Hart is trying to do,” said Hart as he detailed his wish that he wants the venture to be an “artist-friendly” destination for “new and hungry” comedians. “He is a comedian’s comedian. And being that he is, he’s looking out for us and doing something in a way that nobody else has.”