Kevin Hart's only Middle East show will be supported his popular comedy trio Plastic Cup Boyz.
The superstar takes to the stage at du Arena on April 1, the first and only time his What Now? tour will come through the region.
Set to be a sell-out, organisers announced on Wednesday that Joey Wells, Will 'Spank' Horton and Na'im Lynn will be the warm-up act, as they were on his 2013 tour Let Me Explain.
Widely respected as one of the best hype groups on the circuit, the New Jersey comics are the very epitome of a Hart show, hailed for close to the bone gags about bromance, romance and more.
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The What Now? tour initially began as an 80-city marathon in North America, but, as the seats started filling up, this comedy extravaganza became a worldwide campaign. Aside from making a stop in Europe and Australia earlier this year, Hart and his support act are also heading to South Africa after the UAE.
In an exclusive interview with Time Out earlier this month, the star revealed some sneaky details of the show.
"It’s going to have the same explosive entrances, staged fight scenes and plenty of not-fit-for-the-dinner-table narration," he says. “The greatest thing about me is, I don’t change. Regardless of the country, I’m always me. And that’s where the authenticity comes from, you know? Because if I had to adapt to something else, I wouldn’t be myself. I want to give you guys who I am in real life.”
Like many aspiring comedians, the Ride Along star gave Saturday Night Live a go in 2013, which he today remembers as “the worst audition” of his life. But, evidently, that one failure didn’t hold him back. He has appeared on the show twice since, and this year sees the release of his action comedy film Central Intelligence, which he stars in alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He’s also voicing the character of a white rabbit in kids’ comedy The Secret Life of Pets and is heading into season five of the fake reality show Real Husbands of Hollywood. Oh, and he’s getting married somewhere in between all of that.
Hart last visited the UAE in November 2015, when he fed a lion and petted a cheetah, so what’s left for him to do this time around? We suggest dune bashing, to which he interrupts and politely says, “I really want to try that, but if I get hurt, I’m blaming it on you. No jokes.”
From Dhs395. Fri April 1, 7.30pm. du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. www.ticketmaster.ae.