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Force majeure: Kevin Hart sells ‘What Now’ to packed Bryce Jordan Center

Kevin Hart performs at the Bryce Jordan Center
Kevin Hart performs at the Bryce Jordan Center Bryce Jordan Center

Comedian Kevin Hart is a force to be reckoned with.

The Philadelphia native has worked his way up from award-winning stints on small stages to Hollywood, where he’s starred in a number of comedies, including Friday’s release, “Get Hard,” opposite Will Ferrell.

On Sunday night, he regaled a sold-out mixed crowd with over-the-top tales involving his fiancee, children and father, showing Happy Valley that he’s still the most obnoxious and funniest guy at the party.

The Plastic Cup Boyz — Joey Wells, Will “Spank” Horton and Na’im Lynn — fluffed the audience with sets about the stages of a college student, racial humor and getting old, and reminded everyone who hadn’t noticed while waiting to stream into the Bryce Jordan Center that no cellphones were allowed. (According to Wells, at least 12 people were escorted from the show.)

Hart took the stage and in trademark fashion adjusted the mike to hobbit height before admitting his fear of suburban Hollywood wildlife. He mused on manhood and fatherhood with his physical, enunciated, excitable delivery and said his father hates that he doesn’t punish his kids with spankings (“I think my voice is enough”).

I have no doubt that he loves his family, but, for the sake of comedy, he pulled a “Force Majeure” move. In that 2014 Swedish drama, a man must come to terms with his family’s disappointment when he ditches them during a minor avalanche. Hart wasn’t shy to say that, if confronted with a shark attacking his fiancee, a coyote snatching his son or an ominous bump in the night, he’d be out of there.

After finding himself and his father miles away from home after a midnight scare, he said, “I started laughing because I realize I don’t give a f - - - about my family.”

He said in the past that he’s been caught lying for no good reason, but what do you do when your truth no longer sounds believable? He attracts crazy and thrives on drama, but Kevin Hart-style hyperbole is a comedy goldmine.

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