DL Hughley Combines Race, Comedy in Social Experiment

DL Hughley
DL Hughley

DL Hughley combines comedy and social commentary in the world premiere of his original one-hour social experiment, DL Hughley: The Endangered List. The premise behind the satirical documentary special is Hughley trying to add “the Black man” to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Endangered Species list.

According to a Comedy Central press release, Hughley travels across the nation gathering evidence and interviewing experts on race, religion, and politics in a quest to save his people. Throughout his journey, interspersed with segments from an all-new stand-up set, Hughley recruits a group of white sorority girls for support, challenges an anti-gay preacher, and even tries to see eye to eye with a Neo-Nazi.

Part of what sparked Hughley’s interest in creating The Endangered List are sobering statistics about the Black community. “Despite promises of a post-racial America in the age of Obama, things have not improved for African-Americans. Black households have lost 53% of their net worth in the recent recession, and one in three black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime. Meanwhile, anyone that disrupts the habitat of the California tiger salamander gets slapped with a $50,000 fine,” reads the press release.

The following video features a snippet from The Endangered List, where Hughley finds himself in New York City’s Union Square attempting to get his petition signed. The results are interesting.

DL Hughley: The Endangered List premieres on Comedy Central on Saturday, October 27 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.