There’s a lot of excitement over the premiere of Kevin Hart’s new BET series, Real Husbands Of Hollywood, which is set to premiere next Tuesday. Speaking with, the comedian talks about the show – how it came to fruition, how it secured big-name talent – and how his increasingly busy career affects his personal life.

ESSENCE.COM: Real Husbands of Hollywood started as a skit on the BET Awards. How did it to become an actual show?

Kevin Hart: After we did the sketch [BET] received emails and tweets of people asking, “Was it real? Is this going to be a series?” People were just in love with the overall idea of it. At the time I didn’t feel like it could be a show because, as I said, it was just a sketch, and after a while that sketch is eventually gonna get old, you know? But I discussed it with my writing partners and we said, “You know, we probably could pull it off. We would have to make this a fake reality show.”

ESSENCE.COM: So how did the cast come together?

Hart: They’re all friends of mine and I called in favors. Everybody is so different as a person, so we can dip into everybody’s lives and make fun of so many different things, from Boris being the good looking guy; Nelly with the rap; Robin with the singing and the Black wife; Nick with Mariah; me, small but overcompensating with money; J.B. and the speech impediment but working; and like literally, everybody has moments where we can go and anybody can become a story.

ESSENCE.COM: You’ve been able to bring in a lot of big stars like Jay Leno and Ed O’Neil to be on the show. How did you guys manage to do that?

Hart: Well, it’s often the relationships that I have. I’m good friends with Jay Leno, good friends with Ed O’Neill, Melanie Fiona, and Russell Simmons.

ESSENCE.COM: You’re so busy, how you managing your personal life?

Hart: I don’t know. I don’t have time to go to the bathroom if I wanted to! [Laughs] My tour just ended on New Year’s Eve, so, right now that freed up a little bit of time for me. But I am about to start filming a movie in New Orleans, and in between I’ll be coming back home and being a dad.

ESSENCE.COM: So how does life feel right now for you?

Hart: It’s amazing. It’s great to be in demand, but I don’t sit and dwell in it, or roll over and say, “Oh my God! I’m getting big! It’s getting crazy! Look at me.” I think you get content that way. There’s so much more that I want to do. There’s so much more that I have to do. It’s a great feeling, but what happens after that great feeling’s over, you need more great feelings. I don’t want this feeling to stop, so I got to be focused.

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