While Fergie is getting dragged online for her performance of the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game over the weekend, Philly’s own Kevin Hart is also being roasted on social media thanks to his pre-game intro performance.
Hart served as host for the event’s pre-game show on Sunday, and kicked things off with an 11-minute sketch that many criticized for being too long. In the sketch, actor Rob Riggle played Hart’s coach, but told the comedian that he is too “slow and short” to be an all-star player.
Fellow stars Queen Latifah, Ludacris, and Workaholics star Adam Devine also joined in for a musical montage about what qualifications Hart would need to be an NBA star.
Can we not do that ever again? pic.twitter.com/nhSbaS4F9w
— Dave Farago (@dfarago) February 19, 2018
Afterward, Hart went on to introduce each and every player participating in the game, only with the addition of a short roast for nearly every player. Jokes included Hart making fun of Goran Dragic’s breath and Andre Drummond’s apparently hairy back, as well as Damian Lillard’s rap skills.
THAT’S OUR ALL-STAR! pic.twitter.com/sKRLqoq5bZ
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) February 19, 2018
Kevin Hart introducing Giannis as an All-Star and making every lazy joke that can be made about his name. pic.twitter.com/fyhau1JqvI
— Behind the Buck Pass (@BehindTheBucks) February 19, 2018
Social media users weren’t impressed, and decided to do a little roasting of their own:
damn this Kevin Hart intro might be the first L Philly has taken since the Super Bowl.
— maurice (@tallmaurice) February 19, 2018
If you didn’t watch the intro of the NBA All Star Game, you either missed the greatest or most embarrassing 30 minutes of tv of all time.
Not sure which.
— Lil Mike FunnyBone (@MikeBoneMusic) February 19, 2018
I’m not saying never use him for this stuff again but just, like, a two-year hiatus from Kevin Hart being involved in every NBA event might be good.
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) February 19, 2018
Kevin Hart: ‘Same time next year guys?’
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 19, 2018
Kevin Hart is killing ASG introductions…as in, either you can’t hear his jokes or they aren’t very funny…
— Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) February 19, 2018
Kevin Hart is making jokes that your boss would make but you laugh because you want to keep your job.
— Scammy Abraham (@Nigerianscamsss) February 19, 2018
someone call dick bavetta to eject kevin hart asap
— josh (@HoopPlusTheHarm) February 19, 2018
This how Damian Lillard looked at Kevin Hart walking off the stage after Kev dissed his rap career. Dame wasn’t messing with him in the slightest. pic.twitter.com/DYAyPiKIom
— Anthony Aiken Jr. (@AnthonyAikenJr) February 19, 2018
I Dont wanna be here
— Seerat Sohi (@DamianTrillard) February 19, 2018
people, we have empowered kevin hart for far too long.
this must stop.
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) February 19, 2018
Kevin Hart makes a joke
NBA Players: pic.twitter.com/zOR1H1SB5n
— NBA RETWEET (@RTNBA) February 19, 2018
@NBA How many RTs for you to drop Kevin Hart going forward?
— Jaysen (@thearablife33) February 19, 2018
When I go to a comedian’s show I am more than sure I could take some good natured ribbing but if comedian comes to an all star game to host, it would be best to respect the work, the why and the what an all star player has put in to achieving the right to be on that stage
— Brent Barry (@Barryathree) February 19, 2018
Received worse than Hart’s pre-game performance, however, was Fergie’s rendition of the National Anthem.
— Dylan (@DylansFreshTake) February 19, 2018
kevin hart would like to thank fergie
— Jeremy Woo (@JeremyWoo) February 19, 2018
Fergie is getting more laughs singing the Star Spangled Banner than Kevin Hart did for that whole 20 minute intro.
— Adam Newman (@Adam_Newman) February 19, 2018
Hart, meanwhile, offered a little advice about trash-talking prior to the game on Sunday, telling For The Win that you have to be “good enough to get a response.”
“Once you get a response, that calls for good banter. Good courtside trash talk is all based on banter,” Hart said. “If I can get you to go back-and-forth with me, that’s entertaining to myself and who else is with me. That’s what makes an amazing courtside experience. I think I’ve been blessed enough to be able to do that at all different levels in this point and time in my life, which is a fun thing.”
Hart was considerably more successful during the slam dunk contest where he aided Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell:
Mitchell advanced to the finals with a creative dunk in the first round that used his sister, Jordan, as well as the comedian Kevin Hart and Hart’s son as props. For that dunk, Mitchell wore a Darrell Griffith Jazz jersey. Griffith participated in the first slam dunk contest in 1984.
The three helpers crouched in a line in front of the basket. Mitchell had an assistant toss the ball off the side of the backboard. He caught it and did a one-handed tomahawk dunk as he jumped over his sister, Hart and his son.
It earned a perfect 50.
“I appreciate Kevin Hart coming out there and helping me out,” Mitchel said. “He’s my favorite comedian.”
The Associated Press contributed to this article.