by Robert Bell
At any given moment, the biggest standup comics in the business are numbingly unfunny (e.g. Jeff Dunham, Dane Cook, Larry the Cable Guy). Most of these folks are soon relegated to the margins of popular culture, to those straight-to-DVD duds vying for your impulse buck at the grocery store checkout. Eventually, nobody even remembers who Carlos Mencia and Ralphie May were. Of course, many of the most popular comics are actually funny, and manage to parlay their standup acts to enormously successful acting careers and big paychecks. Cedric the Entertainer falls mainly into the latter category. He's been doing standup since the early '90s, some of it very funny, some not so much. He's acted on television and in a raft of movies and even briefly hosted a sketch comedy show on Fox and most recently was tapped by NBC to host the Merv Griffin Entertainment game show "It's Worth What?" He also starred in what has to be one of the top-selling standup DVDs of all time, Spike Lee's "The Original Kings of Comedy." Odds are that if you were to put this down and go to the living room and look under your giant-ass flat-screen TV at that jumble of DVDs, you'd find a copy of "The Original Kings of Comedy" there, tucked in between "Shrek 2" and "The Bourne Ultimatum."