Def Comedy Jam was a HBO television series produced by hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons. The series had it's original run from 1992 to 1997. The show returned to the HBO lineup in 2006. Def Comedy Jam helped to launch the careers of several African-American stand-up comedians.
Def Comedy Jam is set to air a special, Healing Through Laughter, this Sunday, April 5 at 10 PM EST, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer.
This edition of Def Comedy Jam will support the communities in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Healing Through Laughter is produced by Jeru Tillman, Erica Ford (LIFE camp, Inc.), Gushcloud, O’Neal McKnight, Bob Sumner, Althea Lim, Hasaun Muhammad, Russell Simmons, and Rush Philanthropic.
The special will feature Def Comedy Jam’s original DJ, Kid Capri along with a stacked line up of comedians including Adele Givens, Spice Adams, Corey Holcomb, Chris Tucker, Chris Rock, DL Hughley, Lunelle, JB Smoove, Ashima Franklin, Michael Blackson, TK Kirkland, Bill Bellamy, Mike Epps, Chris Spencer, Gary Owen, Jess Hilarious, Tony Baker, David Arnold, Earthquake, Donnell Rawlings, Affion Crockett and more. The show will also feature the debut of Reggie Couz, KMoore The Goat and Kellye Hardy.