D. L. Hughley

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D. L. Hughley
D. L. Hughley Peabody 2013 (cropped).jpg
Hughley at the 72nd Peabody award, May 2013.
BornDarryl Lynn Hughley
(1963-03-06) March 6, 1963 (age 51)
Los Angeles
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)LaDonna Hughley (1986–present; 3 children)
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D. L. Hughley
D. L. Hughley Peabody 2013 (cropped).jpg
Hughley at the 72nd Peabody award, May 2013.
BornDarryl Lynn Hughley
(1963-03-06) March 6, 1963 (age 51)
Los Angeles
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)LaDonna Hughley (1986–present; 3 children)

Darryl Lynn "D. L." Hughley (/ˈhjuːɡl/; born March 6, 1963) is an American actor, political commentator and stand-up comedian. D.L. Hughley is best known as the original host of BET's ComicView from 1992-1993, the eponymous character on the ABC/UPN sitcom The Hughleys and performed in The Original Kings of Comedy. Additionally, he has been the host of CNN's D. L. Hughley Breaks the News, a correspondent for The Jay Leno Show on NBC, and a local radio personality and interviewer in New York City. In early 2013 DL Hughley landed in 9th place Dancing with the Stars.

Early life[edit]

Hughley was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Audrey and Charles Hughley, who was a Delta Air Lines maintenance worker.


From 1992 to 1993, Hughley was the original host of ComicView, the stand-up comedy program on BET. In 1998, through 2002, he wrote, produced and starred in the television sitcom series, The Hughleys. During 2005, he released a stand-up comedy album "D.L. Hughley: Notes From The GED Section" [1] and had a short-lived talk show on Comedy Central called Weekends at the D.L.. He is a member of The Original Kings of Comedy, and has also had roles on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and on NBC's Scrubs as Turk's brother. He was the host of the 2008 BET Awards. He also attended the funeral of one of his best friends and fellow King of Comedy, Bernie Mac. At the service, he gave a tearful speech during the eulogy.[2]

It was announced in June 2010 that NBC has ordered a game show pilot that Hughley will host entitled Who's Bluffing Who? Also in June 2010, Hughley served as special guest moderator of ABC's "The View" for one day.[3]

Hughley is scheduled to guest-star on TBS's Glory Daze[4] as well as guest host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.[5] Hughley has filled in for Meredith Vieira as a guest host on the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Hughley's first book, I Want You to Shut the Fuck Up: How the Audacity of Dopes Is Ruining America, with contributions from Michael Malice, was published on July 31, 2012 by Crown Archetype Press.[6]

Hughley was a contestant on Season 16 of Dancing with the Stars. He was partnered with two-time champion Cheryl Burke.[7]


Hughley with Robert De Niro in January 2009.

Hughley was selected to host and write a comedic news-show on CNN which covers global happenings in politics, entertainment, sports and pop culture,[8] titled D. L. Hughley Breaks the News, which aired its premiere episode on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 10 p.m. EDT on CNN.[9] On March 9, 2009, CNN announced Hughley would be ending the show due to a desire to work in Los Angeles and be closer to his family. He plans to continue his work with CNN as a Los Angeles-based contributor for the network.[10]


Recently, Hughley began a career as an on-air radio personality. On July 20, 2009, The D.L. Hughley Morning Show premiered on WRKS (now WEPN), more popularly known at the time as 98.7 Kiss FM, an urban adult contemporary station in New York City. His co-hosts included former BET news correspondent Jacque Reid.[11] Airing from 6–10 am, the show placed Hughley in direct competition with his fellow "King of Comedy" Steve Harvey, whose nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show airs in New York on WBLS (Kiss FM's longtime rival). There were plans to take Hughley's show into syndication as well, but a dispute regarding his salary erupted between Kiss FM's parent company and the potential syndication company. In August 2010, Kiss FM dropped the show from its schedule, and Hughley moved on to other endeavors.[12]

On August 12, 2013, REACH Media, the syndicator founded by Tom Joyner, announced it had finalized a deal with D.L. to host a new nationally syndicated afternoon drive show, The D.L. Hughley Show, distributed by Cumulus Media Networks.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Hughley and his wife, LaDonna, have two daughters, Ryan and Tyler, and a son, Kyle.[14] Hughley has discussed his son Kyle's Asperger syndrome on several occasions.[15]


1999Inspector GadgetGadgetmobileVoice
2000The Original Kings of ComedyHimself
2001The BrothersDerrick West
2003Inspector Gadget 2GadgetmobileVoice/Video
Chasing PapiRodrigo
Scary Movie 3John Wilson
2004Soul PlaneJohnny
2005ShacklesBen Cross
Weekends at the D. L.Host
2006Cloud 9Tenspot
The Adventures of Brer RabbitBrer FoxVoice/Video
2008Spy SchoolAlbert
D. L. Hughley Breaks the NewsHost
2012D.L. Hughley: ResetHost


YearTitleRoleEpisodes and notes
1993The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirKeithGuest role
1998–2002The HughleysDarryl HughleyLead actor
2001The ParkersDarryl HughleyCrossover appearance
2003ScrubsKevin TurkGuest star
2003Premium BlendHimselfHost
2006–2007Studio 60 on the Sunset StripSimon StilesLead Actor
2010Hawaii Five-0SkeetGuest star
2011Who Wants to Be a MillionaireGuest host
2012DL Hughley: The Endangered ListDL HughleyExecutive producer, Star,[16] won a Peabody Award[17]
2012Match GameHimselfPannelist
2013Dancing with the StarsHimselfContestant
2013Trust Me, I'm a Game Show HostHimselfCo-host


  1. ^ COMEDY CENTRAL® RECORDS RELEASES "D.L. HUGHLEY: NOTES FROM THE GED SECTION" CD HITTING STORES TUESDAY, JUNE 21. Comedycentral.com (2005-06-13). Retrieved on 2013-01-01.
  2. ^ Thousands Attend Service to Celebrate Life of Bernie Mac Chicago Defender
  3. ^ "NBC Orders Game Show Pilot Hosted by D. L. Hughley". TVGuide.com. 
  4. ^ "Exclusive: D.L. Hughley, Gina Gershon Enroll in TBS's Glory Daze". TVGuide.com. Retrieved October 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Exclusive: D.L. Hughley to guest host Millionaire". Facebook.com. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ D.L. Hughley and Michael Malice (2012) I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up: How the Audacity of Dopes Is Ruining America, Crown Archetype ISBN 0307986233.
  7. ^ "Dorothy Hamill and Andy Dick among 'Dancing' stars". New York Post. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "D.L. Hughley Tapped to Host CNN Show". TV Guide. 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  9. ^ "Comedian D.L. Hughley to host CNN show". CNN. 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  10. ^ D. L. Hughley regrets end of 'D. L. Hughley Breaks the News' New York Daily News
  11. ^ Hinckley, David (2009-07-15). "D.L. Hughley to host morning show on New York's Kiss-FM radio". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  12. ^ "D.L. Hughley Morning Show officially off WRKS New York". Radio-Info.com. 2010-08-18. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  13. ^ Lance Venta (2013-08-26). "RadioInsight — D.L. Hughley To Host Syndicated Afternoon Show". Radioinsight.com. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  14. ^ D.L. Hughley: Biography. Tvguide.com. Retrieved on 2013-01-01.
  15. ^ Hughley Discusses Blagojevich and Burris With Congressman Bobby Rush. Transcripts.cnn.com (2009-01-10). Retrieved on 2013-01-01.
  16. ^ Comedy Central Premieres DL HUGHLEY: THE ENDANGERED LIST Today, 10/27 – BWWComedyWorld.com. Comedy.broadwayworld.com (2012-10-27). Retrieved on 2013-01-01.
  17. ^ 72nd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2013.

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