Top comedian Kevin Hart’s memoir just dropped in bookstores, and it is a doozy. Co-written by Neil Strauss, I Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Life Lessons was released today (June 6), and fans are getting a glimpse into the life of the iconic comedian. Kevin tackles tough topics like alcoholism, his violent first marriage, and his father’s drug addiction in his first memoir. The book is a perfect mixture of sadness and hilarity.
People recently reviewed the book and highlighted some of its biggest topics. One main focus of the memoir is Kevin’s father, Henry Robert Witherspoon. Henry wasn’t the father Kevin needed growing up, as he was absent for most of his childhood. His father was incarcerated while Kevin was young and unfortunately didn’t turn his life around when he was released.
Hart details several stories that might seem funny from the outside, but they were very dangerous to Kevin at the time. One specific incident included Henry putting an 8-year-old Kevin at the helm of a fishing boat, which he crashed shortly after taking the wheel.
As long as he can remember, his father was an alcoholic who also struggled with a drug problem. His addiction problems permeated throughout the family, even leading to Henry robbing his other son Kenneth’s barber shop business.
Kevin also recalls his father bringing home gifts for him and his brother that were often stolen from stores or neighbors. The boys also learned of Henry’s infidelity to their mother and later found out he fathered several other children while married.