Def Comedy Jam

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Def Comedy Jam
Genre Stand-up comedy
Created by Russell Simmons
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
Camera setup Single camera
Running time 30 minutes
Original network HBO
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release July 1, 1992 (1992-07-01) – January 1, 1997 (1997-01-01)
Followed by All Def Comedy

Def Comedy Jam is an HBO television series produced by Russell Simmons.[1][2][3]

The series had its original run from July 1, 1992 to January 1, 1997. Simmons was inspired to make Def Comedy Jam by Jerry Lewis' movie The Nutty Professor, the show returned on HBO's fall lineup in 2006. Def Comedy Jam helped to launch the careers of several African-American stand-up comedians.[4]


The show was criticized for excessive foul language and negative representations of African Americans,[5][6] these criticisms were brought up and discussed by some of the comedians who got their start on the show in a Netflix Original special celebrating the 25th anniversary of the show called Def Comedy Jam 25.


The show produced a spinoff called Loco Slam.[7]

Home media releases[edit]

The show is currently available in DVD boxsets in the USA and the UK.[8]


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