|Def Comedy Jam
|Country of origin
|No. of seasons
|March 7, 1992 –
May 2, 1997
Def Comedy Jam is an HBO television series produced by Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan. 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.
The show produced a spinoff called Loco Slam.
The show was released on DVD boxsets in the US and the UK.