For decades black comedians have used stand up comedy as an outlet to discuss experiences unique to our community. Today the tradition continues in the form of sitcoms and late-night variety shows.

In celebration of comedians, past and present, we decided to highlight 10 well known names who have proven that humor is just one of the things that's hidden in their funny bones.


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  • Dave Chappelle

    Dave Chappelle revolutionized the comedy world with his eponymous hit sketch series. His impressions of icons like Prince and Rick James and hilarious social commentary will never fail to make us laugh until we cry.

  • Mo'Nique

    Before Mo'Nique left us in awe by her role in the film 'Precious' she provided us comic relief in the sitcom 'The Parkers' as Nikki. Her obsession with Professor Oglevee and quick one liners helped her cement her place as one of the queens of comedy.

  • Bernie Mac

    Stand up comedian Bernie Mac transitioned seamlessly to the small screen in his own sitcom 'The Bernie Mac Show.' His unorthodox parenting skills always kept us entertained. We're just glad he wasn't our Dad.

  • Kennan Thompson

    Keenan Thompson bursted on the scene in both 'All That' and 'Keenan and Kel' on Nickelodeon. Even though he's not serving us Good Burgers anymore he's still delivering laughs as a cast member of 'Saturday Night Live.'

  • The Wayans Brothers

    The Wayans brothers have an extensive comedic repetoir. From shows like the classic 'In Living Color' to 'The Wayans Brothers' this family has laughter in their genes.

  • Cedric The Entertainer

    After becoming a regular on BET's 'Comic View' we quickly came to know Cedric as Steve Harvey's sidekick on 'The Steve Harvey Show'. Later this month he will return to the small screen as Reverend Boyce "The Voice" Ballentine in 'The Soul Man' on TVLand.

  • Steve Harvey

    One of the 'Kings of Comedy' Steve Harvey started his career doing stand up before starring in 'The Steve Harvey Show.' Now this funnyman is making us 'Think Like A Man' with his hit self help book.

  • Martin Lawrence

    'Bad Boys' actor Martin Lawrence was one of the stars of Def Comedy Jam before getting his own show 'Martin' where he played both himself and the loud mouthed Sheneneh.

  • Wanda Sykes

    Wanda Sykes started her comedy career doing stand up before getting her big break as a writer on The Chris Rock Show which earned her an Emmy Award. She eventually went on to have her own show 'Wanda At Large' in 2003. You can also catch Wanda in hilarious cameos on shows like 'Curb Your Enthusiasm', 'Will and Grace', and 'The New Adventures of Old Christine.'

  • Bill Cosby

    Bill Cosby earned his place as one of the most influential black TV comedians as the lovable and hysterical Dr. Huxtable in 'The Cosby Show.' Now he is well known for his role as an activist in the black community.