Happy Kevin Hart Day, Philadelphia.
Today, of course, marks Philly’s first celebration of the holiday, which City Council established in March after approving a measure from Councilman David Oh. In a release at the time, Oh described Kevin Hart Day — held July 6 in honor of the comedian’s birthday — as a way to show gratitude to the Philly native for being a “fantastic ambassador for the City of Philadelphia.”
“Whether through his hilarious sense of humor or through his heartfelt generosity towards his hometown,” Oh said, “Kevin Hart knows how to bring a smile to everyone in Philadelphia.”
Which only makes sense, given that Hart is still very much a Philadelphian in fame, even if he did pull down more than $87 million last year to become comedy’s highest-paid act.
A North Philadelphia native, Hart came up near 15th and Erie, and graduated from George Washington High School in 1997. He would later go on to briefly attend the Community College of Philadelphia before dropping out to pursue a career in entertainment.
That career arguably began at the now-closed Laff House, formerly on South Street, where Hart cut his comedic teeth as “Lil’ Kev the Bastard” before honing his craft at the advice of fellow Philly stand-up Keith Robinson. Ultimately, the move paid off, with Hart landing breaks in early-2000s television shows and movies like Undeclared and Paper Soldiers.
Hart managed to parlay those breaks into a full-blown empire, complete with stand-up specials, starring roles, sponsorship deals, and even apps. But, still, given his philanthropy to Philadelphia, it seems the comedian never forgot his hometown.
Here, we’re rounded up some Philly-specific locations, and explored their connections to Hart — from Max’s Steaks and the Belfield Recreation Center to Lincoln Financial Field and City Hall. Enjoy the holiday, folks: