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In the family: Life with wife, kids inspires Cedric the Entertainer

Cedric Kyles can’t wait to get back to New Mexico for one thing – the chile.

Cedric the Entertainer will perform at Isleta Resort and Casino. (Viacom-TV Land Domestic Television)

“I’m a little drawn to the red,” he says in an interview from Chicago. “It’s what I’m used to. The green chile is a little more different for me.”

Kyles, known by his stage name, Cedric the Entertainer, will perform a stand-up comedy show at Isleta Resort & Casino on Saturday, June 29.

Over the years, his comedy has evolved by including more of his family life.

“It started when my kids were in their teenage years,” he says. “More recently, I’ve become a little more self-expressive and I never gave up a lot about my family life. You talk about being married and what it is being with my wife and my kids. These are things people share and have a common bond with. In my comedy, I’m starting to talk about the idea of becoming an empty nester.”

Kyles is also talking about being a grandfather – which is a different take.

“The way I remember them, grandfathers knew how to fix washing machines and build porches,” he says with a laugh. “You called them over for the help. Me, as a grandfather, I can take you to the Apple Store, or I’ve got a guy that can fix what’s broken.”

Although stand-up comedy is Kyles’ bread and butter, he has his hands in all types of projects.

He is best-known for his role in “The Steve Harvey Show” and later starring in films such as “Big Momma’s House,” “Barbershop,” “Johnson Family Vacation,” “Madagascar,” “Why Him?” and “First Reformed.”

He currently stars in the TV series “The Neighborhood,” the second season of which will begin airing in September.

On the series, he stars as Calvin Butler.

“Nowadays, if I find a character that has substance and is interesting to play, I’d go for it,” he says. “Anytime there is a dramatic nuance that shows me out of type. I look for roles where I would get to play a gangster or a politician.”

Kyles constantly looks for roles and almost made it to New Mexico for a series, but there was a scheduling conflict.

“I was doing ‘The Last O.G.’ and was contractually obligated,” he says. “I like that word ‘contractually obligated,’ because it means someone is getting paid.”

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