Kevin Hart On What His Dad's Drug Addiction Taught Him About Fatherhood

The actor-comedian also credits his mom for keeping him off the streets.

The subject of Kevin Hart dealing with his father’s past addiction to drugs made great fodder for his 2011 stand-up comedy documentary film, “Laugh At My Pain.”

On Tuesday’s episode of “The Howard Stern Show,” Hart shared why he’s not ashamed of his dad’s troubled past, and how it has contributed to his Hollywood success.

"From ages two through eight my dad did what he could before his addiction got out of hand and he disappeared,” Hart said. “The way I see it is things happen for a reason. If my dad hadn't been around and didn't do drugs, I may be handling my success differently. I may be on drugs; I may be searching for something."

The actor-comedian went on to add that his dad’s addiction influenced him to avoid making those same mistakes by becoming “such a great father” to his children.

Hart also credited his late mother for raising and keeping him off the streets of Philadelphia.

“My mom was such a strong woman she said, 'Look, regardless of whatever your father's doing and where he is, I have a job to do raising you, you're going do what you're supposed to do and you're going to grow up to be two intelligent men’ -- with me and my brother,” he recalled. “School was of the importance, and then with our neighborhood -- it wasn’t a good neighborhood -- she kept me off the streets. I applaud my mother. Rest in peace."

Listen to more of Kevin Hart’s interview with Howard Stern below.


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