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) – May 2, 1997 (1997-05-02)
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 May 2, 1997. Simmons was inspired to make Def Comedy Jam by Jerry Lewis' movie The Nutty Professor[citation needed]. 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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