Comedian and actor D.L. Hughley will make a return visit to Omaha.
Omaha fans can catch his edgy, straight-from-the-cuff performance this weekend at the Omaha Funny Bone Comedy Club at the Village Pointe Shopping Center near 168th Street and West Dodge Road.
He’s best known for starring on the sitcom “The Hughleys” from 1998 to 2002. In 1992, he was selected as the first host of BET’s “Comic View.” One of the “Original Kings of Comedy,” he has maintained his stand-up roots, and as a result, his performances are always crisp and sharp.
Hughley recently spoke to us about his comedy tour, a coming comedy special and his family’s struggle with autism.
Q. How are you doing?
Q. Really, that great?
A. Yes. Why not? I’ve always believed that if you talk about feeling great, you can talk yourself into feeling that way.
Q. I can see that. So what projects are you working on?
A. I’m writing a book and we’re in the process of selling a TV show. I’m going back to shooting a special.
Q. A comedy special?
A. That’s the plan. Every time I turn on the TV, the material starts to flow.
Q. I bet. So what’s on your mind these days?
A. Material-wise: the country. In this country, the only way you can get a politician in trouble is to have sex.
Q. Ha! Explain.
A. You can lie, steal and cheat but if it has to do with sex … I thank God for technology. That’s how they’re getting caught. And then you’ve got Sarah Palin out here riding the short bus tour. I don’t know if she’ll ever be the president.
Q. But so many people are enamored of her. Why is that?
A. She’s a very attractive woman for a politician. She’s nice to look at.
Q. I recently read that your wife, LaDonna, teamed up with singer Chaka Khan for an autism-awareness project.
A. She’s making a documentary, “Colored My Mind,” about moms of autistic children and their struggle. Can you believe she wrote a film before I did, which has caused tension at home (laughs).
Q. I didn’t know you had an autistic child.
A. My son (Kyle) has Asperger’s syndrome. The disease is tough to deal with, especially among people of color. It’s more or less a denial thing. When we were growing up, parents didn’t deal with it like we do now. You were hit upside the head. Parents thought you could talk them out of it. Me, I’ve always handled it with love and comedy. We worried if we could go out in public or where to stop to eat.
Q. Does your wife get upset that you joke about your son’s condition?
A. She has her way, and I have mine. She humors me. Ultimately, we have our own kind of outlet. Kyle is 22 years old, and he’s graduating from college this weekend. It’s the reason I’m coming through Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Normally, I’d stay for a Sunday performance, too.
Q. So you’re heading to the commencement Sunday.
A. Yes. I’ll be there for him. I’ll give a commencement speech at Columbia University and will receive an honorary degree.
Q. So what’s his major?
A. He’s a film writer. I never really worried about him, though. I knew he’d graduate. I’m just glad he didn’t grow up in the neighborhood I did. He had resources. Unfortunately, not all families do. I am worried now that he’s getting older.
Q. I don’t quite get you.
A. It’s the social stuff that worries me.
Q. What, like meeting a woman?
A. Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. That’s exactly it. I’d like for him to find balance. He’s done very well for himself.
Q. So tell me. Did you plan your Omaha visit during the College World Series or was that by chance?
A. I didn’t realize it was CWS time until I heard that the hotel room was $700. Those are New York prices.
Q. Huh, uh, it’s not that bad.
A. I might go to a few games if I’m not too tired. I’m not a baseball fan until October.
Q. Do you normally get out and about in some of the cities you tour?
A. I try to. I’ll golf and catch a movie or dinner.