Live from the Ville arrives 16 years after one of my favorite taped comedy concerts, The Original Kings of Comedy. What's changed since then?
My boots are a lot shorter, my jackets aren't as long, my pants aren't as wide. The charisma doesn't go away, but you look at some of those fashion choices, you're like OK, what was going on there? Were they just giving away fabric?
Kings of Comedy was such an event, in kind of a new kind of spacing at the time. Nobody had really saw. Like the supergroups where you had all these big brands who tried to be on one show. It was kind of extremely magical at the time. Nowadays people kind of seen it all. You do have your arena comics out there, your Kevin Harts.
What was one night of that tour that you'll never forget?
I remember being in Oakland one night and I had a lot of celebrities in my room, like rappers like E-40, and a couple of basketball players, like Gary Payton. Everybody was kind of hanging around in my dressing room. Then Bernie Mac came in and did a show for the people that was in my dressing room. How amazing was Bernie -- he just stopped the room. He did a Redd Foxx gig, and then he did like some other jokes he's took. He probably did like a five-, seven-minute set and just walked out the room. Everybody was clapping, went crazy. It was just like man, how awesome was that. It was like you would imagine how the Rat Pack would be.