Kevin Hart shines spotlight on minority stand-up comics in Twin Cities

Kevin Hart’s performance at Target Center during Super Bowl weekend is sure to draw lots of attention, but the comedian also snuck into the Twin Cities earlier this year to host an episode of his stand-up series, “Hart of the City 2,” which premieres Friday night on Comedy Central.

The star of the upcoming movie, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” helped keep his appearance under the radar by choosing to tape at Baddies Comedy Co., a relatively new St. Paul venue, rather than Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy or Acme Comedy Company.

Hart did tape segments at First Avenue where he makes a few jokes about “Purple Rain” and threatens to post his image on the club’s Star Wall. Neither bit resonates as much as much as the sharp material from the four local comics he spotlights. Greg

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