What do you do for an encore after you sell out Madison Square Garden three times, Barclays Center twice and Jones Beach once? The answer: Play The Paramount in Huntington, of course.
Comedian Kevin Hart has joined the ranks of such A-list arena headliners as Billy Joel, Don Henley and Ed Sheeran, who have made pit stops at the theater on New York Avenue for quick one-nighters. Hart played shows at 7 and 10 p.m. Monday night.
Fans were excited to be part of Hart's "What Now?" Tour, which has been named the biggest comedy tour of all time.
"I like that he makes fun of himself," said Kara Kaplan, 32, of Plainview as she entered. "I got tickets because he was hysterical on the Justin Bieber roast."
The sold-out early show erupted when Hart, 36, appeared to pounding house music donning a sporty black and white outfit.
Checking out the theater, Hart flashed his famous grin saying, "I like this setup. It's sexy!"The high-energy comic oozed charm, with most of his humor stemming from facial expressions, body movements and cartoonish vocal tones. He made fun of his "soft private school" kids as well as his "old school dad" who's known for distributing unwrapped loose candy from his pockets.
"I'm an honest man, that's why I'm funny," Hart declared. "What I say is real."
Hart interacted with a woman in the front row, asking her: "Would you stay with your man if he was in a freak accident?" The woman responded with a rapid "No."
Hart said, "OK, I appreciate your honesty." He then turned to her significant other and said, "This might be a good time to leave. She's not the woman you thought she was."
Upon exiting the stage, Hart told the crowd why he chose to play The Paramount.
"I've sold out every arena possible on this tour and even filled a football stadium," he said. "But I wanted to do some more intimate places so I can connect with my fan base. You guys were just amazing!"