Def Comedy Jam
GenreStand-up comedy
Created byRussell Simmons
Presented byMartin Lawrence
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons8
Camera setupSingle camera
Running time30 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseMarch 7, 1992 (1992-03-07) –
May 2, 1997 (1997-05-02)

Def Comedy Jam is an HBO television series produced by Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan.[1][2][3] The series was hosted by Martin Lawrence and Tony Rock in its first six seasons and by D. L. Hughley for its seventh and eighth seasons.

Simmons and Lathan were inspired to make Def Comedy Jam by The Uptown Comedy Club in Harlem, New York and The Comedy Act Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The series had its original run from March 7, 1992 to May 2, 1997 and in 2006 it returned in the HBO fall lineup. All six seasons of the hit series was directed by Stan Lathan. Def Comedy Jam helped to launch the careers of several African-American stand-up comedians.

Notable Performers

Tj Mackie


The show produced a spinoff called Loco Slam.[4]

Home media

The show was released on DVD boxsets in the US and the UK.[5]


  1. ^ Williams, Frank B. (1997-03-13). "STAGE; Totally 'Def'; Spinoff of HBO's hit comedy showcase comes to CSUN". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
  2. ^ "Has Black Comedy Been Beaten Blue? : 'Def Comedy Jam' is a hit--but with some African American comics turning to cable shows that limit the raunchiness, clean and subtle could be the wave of the future". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
  3. ^ O'Connor, John J. (1993-07-08). "Review/Television; Onstage at the Outer Limits of the Outrageous". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
  4. ^ Braxton, Greg (1994-02-20). "Loco Hopes to Hit Grand Slam for Latinos". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-05.
  5. ^ "Def Comedy Jam Classics, Vols. 1 and 2". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2011-01-03.