Comedians highlight eventful year

FLORENCE, S.C. – Four superstar comedians kept the audience laughing all night on March 25 during “The Comedy Get Down” at the Florence Civic Center.

The show featured Cedric “The Entertainer,” Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley and George Lopez.

A lineup of this caliber meant the Florence Civic Center wanted to do something different for the performers and audience members.

“This is one of the biggest celebrity entertainment lineups to hit Florence,” Nick Hooker, the civic center’s director of marketing, said before the event. “First time in over 15 years we’ll have a center stage concert setup with 360-degree seating…The stars will be right in the middle of the audience members.”

Each comedian, with his own unique backgrounds brought to the stage equally different sets for the audience.

Cedric “The Entertainer” is most known for his performances in hits such as “Barbershop,” “Be Cool,” “The Original Kings of Comedy” and “Madagascar.”

Eddie Griffin has most notably been featured in “Def Comedy Jam,” HBO’s “One Night Stand,” and “Malcom & Eddie,” for which he won the NAACP Image Award for best actor in a comedy series. Comedy Central also has honored Griffin as one of the top 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all time.

D.L. Hughley is the star of his namesake TV show, “The Hughleys,” was a part of the docu-film, “The Original Kings of Comedy” and can be heard nationwide on his radio show, “The D.L. Hughley Show.”

George Lopez hosted “Lopez Tonight,” a late-night talk show for two seasons, and starred in the sitcom “George Lopez” for six seasons.

Charlie Murphy was the fifth comedian in the show but didn’t take the stage. Fifteen days later, he died of leukemia. Murphy was a writer and performer on “Chapelle’s Show,” most commonly known for his “True Hollywood Stories” performances. Murphy also appeared in “Lottery Ticket,” “Our Family Wedding” and “The Perfect Holiday.”


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