- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 13, 2016

Comedian Kevin Hart, in the District to promote his concert film “Kevin Hart: What Now?” which opens Friday, told The Washington Times that he was advised by Chris Rock to be as “universal as possible” in his stand-up.

“There’s a world out there, and the world is bigger than you can imagine. You should appeal to everyone,” Mr. Hart said at the Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 in Chinatown, where he spoke to an appreciative crowd before the screening. “That advice came from Chris Rock, who to this day is one of my closest friends, a great mentor and somebody who just really takes the time to make sure that I have as much information as I possibly can.”

Mr. Hart has had quite a year, what with the success of his comedy “Central Intelligence” with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, “Ride Along 2” with Ice Cube and the animated “The Secret Lives of Pets.” He will continue to provide the voices for animated characters in the big-screen adaptation of “Captain Underpants,” the long-running children’s book series about a high school principal who fights crime in his, uh, skivvies.

“We’re in the final stages of it,” Mr. Hart said of the new film, which should open in late 2017 or early 2018. “‘Captain Underpants’ is an amazing franchise. If this comes out the way we think it will, it’ll be a pretty dope thing.”

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