When comedian D.L. Hughley visited the Valley last year, it was 105 degrees and the dust was blowing hard enough to close down the airport.
"My flight was delayed," Hughley says, "and I was in the airport for like eight to 10 hours."
"I'm excited to get back there," Hughley says about his upcoming appearance at Tempe Improv, "except for the heat."
"How the hell do people live there?" he jokes.
The comedian, who spent four years as the star, co-creator and executive producer of the sitcom "The Hughleys," just completed a whirlwind of appearances that kept him busier than usual.
"Most of the time it's just one city a week," says Hughley, who's been in three different states in the last few days. But he enjoys his hectic schedule.
"When we were on the television show," Hughley says, "every day I was writing, had to be on the set, do promotions. I loved doing the show but it was a very exhausting experience."
Now the comedian is "digging going from one kind of thing to another."
"In August I'll be hosting a series for Comedy Central. My schedule is full, but it's full of a lot of different kinds of stuff — personal appearances, an album to do ... It's kind of a buffet of stuff."
To help him get ready for his upcoming album, Hughley will perform new material Thursday through Sunday at Tempe Improv.
"My act is pretty much shaped by what I've seen in the world. It's as new as the news is."
And despite the gig with Comedy Central, Hughley says he has no plans to get back into television right now.
"I'm digging doing movies, so that's my focus right now." He just finished filming “Scary Movie 3” and "Soul Plane," a takeoff of "Airplane."
"But if television came along and it was a cool opportunity, we would do it," Hughley says.
Whether he's doing comedy or drama, film or TV, "it's all the same, as long as I get to make people laugh."
"It's like a meal at Taco Bell: it's all the same thing, it's just folded a different way."
Where: Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Drive
When: 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday
How much: $22-$25Info: (480) 921-9877