After a decade-long hiatus, 'Def Comedy Jam' is returning to its rightful place in HBO's line-up. The series, produced by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, will kick off its new season on Sept. 11.

The show provides an uncensored forum for African-American comedians to reach a wider audience. From 1992 to its last show in 1998, the comic experience contained raw and wild sets from stand-up comedians looking to make it big.

Major comedy players who owe their careers to the show include Cedric the Entertainer, Martin Lawrence, Bernie Mac, Chris Tucker and Jamie Foxx.