From shoe salesman to selling out arenas with his stand-up routine, Kevin Hart has become one of the most successful comedians of our day.
In fact, in 2016, Forbes reported that he passed comic legend Jerry Seinfeld on the Highest Paid Comedians-list and pulled in $87.5 million around that time, a whopping $30 million more than Seinfeld. Much of those earnings came from popular films like "Central Intelligence" and "Secret Life of Pets" in addition to the fact that Hart played over 100 shows that year in just 12 months time.
The 38-year-old’s success can also be credited to his passionate fans who he's treated more like close, personal friends than admirers of his work. Many times, Hart openly thanked his fans in interviews for making him what he is today, and he's done all kinds of things to show his appreciation. Here are 5 times Kevin Hart showed love to his fans:
In 2015, some of Hart’s fans in Toledo, Ohio couldn’t get into one of his stand-up shows, so he rented out a local movie theater and bought 500 tickets to his movie “The Wedding Ringer.” He told his fans about the tickets through social media and gave them simple instructions on how to retrieve them.
"Listen, I wouldn't be me if I didn't do s--t like this," he said on Instagram in a video published by ABC News. "I'm buying out the theater. That's right. Cinemark at the Levi's Commons. Two shows. 7:45 p.m. and the 10:15 p.m., for free, on me. Get there."
Not surprisingly, Hart’s fans took full advantage of the free tickets and took to social media to thank him and post photos.
In 2015, around the time that Hart was on his What Now? comedy tour, he began spearheading 5K runs in various cities to bring people closer together. The Philadelphia native said he plans to add other elements to his fitness events to keep people engaged, so they won't get tired of working out.
“This year I’m going to try to get more people to run,” he told the Rally Health Ambassador in January. “It will be 5K, 10k, thinking about doing a half-marathon and a marathon … It’s runs, it will probably be bike rides. Mix it up and constantly keep it new, fresh and effective.”
In July, the “Ride Along” actor handed a wad of money to a woman that he saw on the street that caught a lot of attention online. Hart’s only request for the woman was that she do something positive with the money, which she kindly agreed to.
In the end, after the woman jumped up and down with joy, she told Hart that she loved him and he said the same in return. It was a cool moment to witness, but the whole thing was probably even better for the woman who received the cash. You can see that video here.
With a strong social media presence, over 54 million followers on Instagram and 35 million on Twitter, Hart has the platform to really inspire people, which he does with his Monday Morning Motivationals. In the past, he’s talked about not just dreaming about achieving your goals but creating the necessary game plan to make them happen.
In 2013, during his Let Me Explain tour, Hart got extremely emotional for not only playing the historic Madison Square Garden for the first time but because his fans helped to get him there.
The comedian didn’t try to hide his emotions from the crowd but let his tears flow freely. If anything, it showed how much love Hart has for his fans and how willing he is to express it, either verbally or by doing things for them. You can see that video here.
It’s possible that Hart will also thank his fans when he plays the rest of the dates on his Irresponsible Tour with stops at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, Calif. on Nov 10 and 11 and the Target Center in Minneapolis on Feb 2. You can get tickets to all of those dates here.