Darryl Lynn Hughley, popularly known as D.L. Hughley, is a multi-talented American entertainer who acts and writes, he is also a political commentator, a stand-up comedian, and a radio presenter who is known as the host of ComicView on BET between 1992 and 1993. He also hosted D. L. Hughley Breaks the News on CNN between 2008 and 2009 and once served as a correspondent on the Jay Leno show that aired on NBC.
He also starred in the U.S. sitcom The Hughleys, which aired on ABC from 1998 to 2000 and on UPN from 2000 to 2002. Hughley also starred in The Original Kings of Comedy, a 2000 stand-up comedy film starring Steve Harvey, Bernie Mac, and Cedric the Entertainer. D.L. Hughley also worked as a local radio presenter and interviewer in New York City and finished 9th in Dancing with the Stars in 2013. Learn more about this multi-talented entertainer below.
D.L Hughley Bio, Age
Darryl Lynn Hughley was born on March 6, 1963, in Los Angeles, California, the son of Audrey and Charles Hughley. His father was a maintenance worker with Delta Air Lines. Hughley had a very hard and troubled life as a child, and as a teenager, he joined the Blood – a street gang in L.A. formerly known as the Original Blood Family (OBF) that was expelled from high school.
He later turned his back on the gang after his cousin, who was a member of a rival gang, was murdered in cold blood. Darryl then earned his GED and began working as a telemarketer for the Los Angeles Times.
As mentioned earlier, D.L. Hughley started his career as a telemarketer for the Los Angeles Times, moving up to a management position in the organization. He decided to try his hand at comedy after his wife encouraged him to do so and soon began making waves in all the local clubs in the city and surrounding towns.
D.L. Hughley didn’t realize that his comedy show was a stepping stone to something bigger – a television career – until his appearances at the Def Comedy Jam led to his being invited to host the BET show Comic View – a stand-up comedy program that aired on the network from 1998 to 2002. He also wrote, produced, and starred in the U.S. sitcom The Hughleys, which was broadcast on ABC from 1998 to 2000 and on UPN from 2000 to 2002. The sitcom not only earned him wide recognition but also earned him five nominations for the NAACP Image Awards in the category of Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.
During the run of The Hughleys, D.L. participated in the tour of the Kings of Comedy alongside Bernie Mac, Cedric the entertainer, and Steve Harvey. The tour was later recorded in Spike Lee’s 2000 film The Original Kings of Comedy. In 2005 he released D.L. Hughley: Notes From The GED Section (a stand-up comedy album). From 2005 to the following year (2006), he also hosted the Comedy Central comedy show Weekends at the D.L. In the same year, the comedian began appearing on the new TV show Studio 60 on Sunset Strip, which unfortunately was canceled after the first season. He also played Turk’s brother on NBC’s Scrubs.
In 2008 he hosted the BET Awards and also read a tearful speech at the funeral of his friend and comedian colleague Bernie Mac. This year he produced his next HBO special, entitled Unapologetic. D.L. Hughley also began hosting a comedic news show on CNN called D.L. Hughley Breaks the News. The show lasted until March 2009, when the station announced its end, as Hughley wanted to return to L.A. to be closer to his family.
D.L. was also successful as a radio personality, he began hosting the D.L. Hughley Morning Show, which premiered on WRKS in 2009. However, the show was canceled after a disagreement between the station and his parents’ company over Hughley’s salary. As a result, he tried his hand at other companies but returned to radio in 2013 with an afternoon show called The D.L. Hughley Show.
The comedian and television star debuted in 2014 with his stand-up special Clear and also appeared regularly on The View and Real Time with Bill Maher. He also got a recurring role in the new medical drama Heartbeat. Despite his versatility, over the years Hughley has remained true to his love of stand-up comedy, which has led him to numerous club appearances and concerts each year.
He is the author of three books – “I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up”: How the Audacity of Dopes Is Ruining America”, “Black Man, White House: An Oral History of the Obama Years” and “How not to get shot”: and other white people’s advice”.
His Family: Wife, Son, Daughter
Hughley has been married to LaDonna Hughley since February 1986. The couple met when D.L. worked as a telemarketer for the Los Angeles Times. They have three children together; a son named Kyle and two daughters named Ryan and Tyler. His son suffers from a neurological disorder called Asperger’s syndrome.
Despite the many ups and downs, they have had to contend with, including infidelity and the difficulty of raising a child with a developmental disorder, the couple has held together for over three decades.
D.L. Hughley revealed in 2017 in an interview with Angela Yee that he had an affair early in his marriage that led to his lover becoming pregnant, whereupon she had a son who was shattered to death by his lover’s boyfriend.
The actor is neither the tallest in the business nor the smallest, he stands at a height of 1.7 m (5 ft 6 in). His weight and other body measurements are not yet confirmed.