Kevin James delivers the funny stuff
It’s hard to believe, but Kevin James has been a constant pop cultural presence for two decades now. Most people got to know the comedian as the star of The King of Queens, his sitcom in which he played blue collar delivery man Doug Heffernan for nine seasons. What made the show so successful was its relatability to the audience which is a direct reflection of what James does onstage.
He is animated as he presents his material, jokes about the mundane that he heightens with his antics. Take his bit on proper undergarments, for instance. “Men shouldn’t be in charge of buying their own underwear. We don’t know what we’re doing. We think we do. ‘Hey, look at this. Thirty-eight pairs for a dollar.’ Then you take two steps out of your house, you feel like you have a tangled hammock between your legs.” James then sells the joke with an awkward and painful-looking walk to the delight of the crowd.
The feeling that you could know James is one of the reasons he became such a big movie star as well. When people watch Paul Blart: Mall Cop, the titular character could just as easily be your neighbor as a fictional being. He is your buddy and, damn, is your buddy funny.
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