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Kevin Hart Is Having A Moment — But Is He The Next Eddie Murphy?

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Kevin Hart is noticeably short for a guy. He has a standup comedy show called I’m a Grown Little Man for Pete’s sake. At that height it’s either be the jokester or become the joke. Well, Kev’s laughing all right — all the way to the bank. Hart has all but been omitted from lists of comedians on the verge of a huge breakthrough. That may all change with his stellar performance in last weekend’s box office hit, Think Like a Man, which offers him just the type of exposure he needs to reach a larger audience. As Cedric, a bitter divorcee who can’t stop talking about his wife or arguing with her, Hart is knee-slapping funny. And he’s following up that breakthrough role with a small but punch-line-heavy part in this weekend’s big release The Five-Year Engagement.

Hart’s moment hasn’t popped up out of the blue. He’s been on the scene for a while now. You might remember him from 2004′s Soul Plane, which wasn’t exactly Oscar worthy, but Hart’s execution of comedy made up for a lot of what the film lacked. And since then, he’s lent his talents to blockbuster hits like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Barbershop and Death at a Funeral. He also had an amusing interlude as a warlock in the short-lived fantasy parody Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire on Comedy Central.

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