Mid-Year Top Tours: No. 9 Kevin Hart’s ‘The Reality Check Tour’

Kevin Hart performs on the Colossal Stage at Clusterfest 2017 in San Francisco. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic)

Mid-Year Top 100 Worldwide Tours
No. 9 Kevin Hart
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If anyone needs a reminder of comedian Kevin Hart’s star power, 2023 is providing a reality check.

Hart, who has been out on his global “Reality Check” tour since mid-2022, is about to wind down a hugely successful outing that finds him ranked at No. 9 on Pollstar’s Mid-Year Top 100 Worldwide Tours chart, with 467,686 tickets sold and a gross of $50,041,814.

His “Reality Check” trek was truly global, with extensive runs through Canada, the UK and Europe, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East, South Africa and multiple legs through primary and secondary markets in the U.S. Hart proves that laughter is indeed the best medicine in any language.

“Kevin has made building his global audience a priority since day one,” says his agent, Mike Berkowitz of WME. “He prides himself on the fact that when he tours, he goes everywhere and each time he goes back, his audience grows.”

Among the tour’s highlights were a sold-out, two-night stands at The O2 in London April 27-28, moving 24,995 tickets and grossing $2,934,019; Sun Arena At Time Square Casino in Pretoria, South Africa, Feb. 17-18 (16,252 tickets; $1,093,233); and Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, Feb. 10-11 (18,479; $2,125,725).

Hart continues to “sell out arenas clean all over the world as a comic for the fourth tour. Unprecedented,” Berkowitz marvels.

Another highlight, according to the agent, came when “he got to co-headline a sold-out, five-night run with his close friend and standup comedy mentor Chris Rock.”

In addition to touring the world, Hart is building a notable media empire with his HartBeat entertainment venture, which reportedly has more than 70 projects in the works.
Hart was honored as Entertainment Person of the Year at Cannes Lions Festival in Cannes, France, just as Pollstar went to press.

And the comedian established Hart House, a vegan food startup chain that had its grand opening in August 2022 and opened its fourth Los Angeles location on June 21, according to the L.A. Daily News.

The annual POLLSTAR ranking of the concert industry’s top performing artists is tabulated for all Worldwide shows played between 11/17/22 to 5/17/23. All ticket sales figures are calculated in U.S. dollars and are based on reported information and extensive research by POLLSTAR.