D.L. Hughley has been keeping a close eye on Chicago. He can't help it. Besides being one of his three favorite cities in the U.S., it's also often in the news, unfortunately, because of its high murder rate. The controversial comedian and regular guest on HBO's "Real Time With
"It's sad that Chicago has had over 40 murders already and its only January!" Hughley tweeted last month. "At this rate the state bird is gonna be a police helicopter!"
Here, Hughley — who will perform Saturday at the Arie Crown Theater with Mark Curry, Sommore and
On Bernie Mac: "The hardest he ever made me laugh was the first time I saw him on 'Def Comedy Jam.' Having conversations with him and working with him so much, I knew what was coming. We played all over together. No matter where we'd go, he always had to buy (Miller Genuine Draft), pork skins and hot sauce. He would have his MGD, pork skins and hot sauce and we would just talk (expletive) all night."
On his feud with
On Chicago violence: "I think it's a shame that the perception of one of the three greatest cities in the country is that it's very violent. It's a big city that feels like a small city. It's rare for a big city to be so hospitable, but you wouldn't know it by the murder rate. It's a shame the city is taking this kind of hit."
On the decision to film the syndicated "Steve Harvey" talk show in Chicago: "I wouldn't call him brave. Steve Harvey (was raised in) Cleveland. Even people from Chicago don't mess with Cleveland."