Walter Latham

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Walter Latham at the home offices of Walter Latham Entertainment, Inc.
Walter Latham
Born (1970-12-13) December 13, 1970 (age 46)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

Walter Latham (December 13, 1970), is an African American film and comedy producer born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His comedy production company, Latham Entertainment, helped launch the careers of Bernie Mac, Steve Harvey, and Mo'Nique.[1] His releases, The Original Kings of Comedy, Queens of Comedy, Latham Entertainment Presents, and Bad Boys of Comedy have grossed more than $200 million worldwide.[2]

Early life[edit]

Walter Latham was born in Brooklyn, New York, where he was raised in a single-parent home with his mother and younger sister. From childhood, he listened to the comedy albums of Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. In search of a better life, he moved to North Carolina in his teens but found life there to be equally as difficult. Guided by his own passion for comedy, Latham dropped out of East Carolina University at age 20 to start a promotion company and produce comedy shows. Walter started the company with a $4000 loan and the support of his mother. His first show failed because the talent he booked failed to show up. Latham did not let this setback deter him. He went on to produce many highly successful comedy tours across the nation.[2][3]


In December 1997, Walter Latham took a group of black comedians who would in time be known as the Kings of Comedy on tour. Steadfastly believing that packaging a number of popular comedians would be wildly successful, Latham mounted a triple-headliner tour starring Steve Harvey, Cedric The Entertainer, and Bernie Mac. In 1999, the addition of D.L. Hughley and the sponsorship of HBO brought the total grosses over $37 million in two years.[4]

Latham decided to capture the experience of the live Kings of Comedy Tour on film. The Original Kings of Comedy was directed by Spike Lee and produced by Latham Entertainment and MTV films. The film was produced on an estimated $3,000,000 budget. On its opening weekend, Kings of Comedy grossed a total of $11,053,832 on 847 screens, averaging to about $13,051 per venue.[5] The tour grossed over $18 million in its first year. The Original Kings of Comedy eventually grossed a total of $38,168,022 at the box offices.


Year Film Featured Comedians Notes
2000 The Original Kings of Comedy Steve Harvey, Bernie Mac, Cedric The Entertainer, D.L. Hughley Film grossed over $37 million during its run at the box office. It is the 2nd highest grossing comedy stand-up film of all time.[6] Nominated for NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture; Soundtrack nominated for a Grammy for the Best Spoken Comedy Album in 2000
2001 Runteldat Martin Lawrence Tour grossed more than $7M opening weekend and is the 4th highest grossing stand-up film in history.[7]
Comedy Tours
Year(s) Tour Name Featured Comedians Notes
1992 Schlitz Malt Liquor Tour D.L. Hughley and Bernie Mac
1993 Zima Clear Malt Comedy Jam Bill Bellamy and Chris Tucker
1995 What About Me Chris Tucker
1997–1999 Kings of Comedy Steve Harvey, Bernie Mac, Cedric The Entertainer Tour grossed more than $18 Million in its first year.[8]
2000–2001 Queens of Comedy Mo'Nique, Sommore, Adele Givens, Laura Hayes
2001 Runteldat Martin Lawrence
2002–2003 Latham Entertainment Presents J Anthony Brown, Earthquake, Bruce Bruce, Sommore, D. L. Hughley Released to DVD 2003
2003 Crown Royal Comedy Soul Festival Rickey Smiley, Earthquake, Bruce Bruce, Adele Givens
Year Title Network Featured Comedians/Hosts Notes
1996–1997 Bring The Pain HBO Chris Rock
2001 Queens of Comedy Showtime Mo'Nique, Sommore, Adele Givens, Laura Hayes The special was Showtime’s highest rated special in 2001 [9]
2005–2007 P.Diddy Presents The Bad Boys of Comedy Seasons 1 & 2 HBO MC'd by Doug E. Fresh Co-Executive Produced by Latham Entertainment. Nominated for BET Comedy Award in "Outstanding Comedy Variety Series" category.[10]
2008 Shaken Not Stirred MyNetwork TV Hosts: D.L. Hughley, Anthony Anderson, Paul Rodriguez, John Salley 5 Episodes; Toastees included Reverend Al Sharpton, Pamela Anderson, Bobby Brown, Ice-T and Rev Run
2012 Comedy After Dark Walter Latham Comedy (YouTube) Hosts: Jenna Jameson, Trina, Rosa Acosta, Carolina Catalino 24 Episodes; YouTube Original Content [11]


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