Popular comedian D. L. Hughley translated his experiences and observations as a young man from South Central Los Angeles into a highly successful career as a stand-up comedian, actor, and even political commentator. After a period spent as a gang member in his teens, Hughley settled down with a steady job and family, but his true aspiration - stand-up comedy - beckoned. Success at a local open mic competition and on the hard-scrabble comedy club circuit eventually led to spots on specials like "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam" (HBO, 1992-2008). From there it was a short jump to primetime television exposure with his sitcom "The Hughleys" (ABC, 1998-2000/UPN, 2000-02). It was, however, his inclusion in the massively influential comedy documentary "The Original Kings of Comedy" (2000) that officially put him and fellow funny men Bernie Mac, Steven Harvey, and Cedric the Entertainer on the pop culture map. After the success of the film, there was literally no endeavor not considered by Hughley, who earned acting credits on Aaron Sorkin's short-lived drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC, 2006-07) and the medical drama "Heartbeat" (NBC 2016- ), in addition to hosting his own political/topical events news program "D.L. Hughley Breaks the News" (CNN, 2008-09) and being a season 16 contestant on "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ). Without a doubt, Hughley followed his dreams from his humble beginnings to become a contemporary comedic renaissance man of stage, film, and television.