I think it's downright insane to suggest that race has nothing to do with it. Chris Rock summed up the disparity perfectly in his bit about his neighborhood in NJ: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53hXBg-U-ac
I'm not saying Splitsider/NPR/Slate is racist, it's just that Kevin Hart had to literally become the biggest stand-up in the country and release the most succesful stand up film of the decade to be taken seriously by outfits that heap praise regularly on people like Patton Oswalt, Joe Mande, John Mulaney, Marc Maron, etc. I know that ticket and album sales are far from the be-all-end-all of determining who is a good comic, but it just seems unnecessarily out of whack, especially considering that Kevin Hart has been an UNBELIEVABLE stand-up with readily accessible clips and albums for just as long as Patton or Louis.
Canyonero (It's the Country-Fried Truck Endorsed By A Clown!) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6qpQzK2Rj4
All the "Oh, Streetcar!' songs (STELLLAAAA!!!!!!) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oUA6wirNfE
All of the Planet of the Apes songs, particular "From Chimpan-A to Chimpan-Z" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMnG3gOqigE
The Lurleen Lumpkin episode still is one of my favorites, and it has great songs throughout - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCcgPt3VdsM&feature=related
OH! AND OF COURSE SEE MY VEST - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsFHEK_o9U8
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