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Black Comedians

WATCH: 7 Times Black Male Comedians Warned Against Police Brutality Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices

The current concerns over police relations in America have been an ongoing social justice issue for decades. It is also a subject many comedians h...

No One Laugh at Kanye West, Please

Jordan Carlos | Posted 11.30.2014 | Comedy
Jordan Carlos

Kanye West has opened my eyes and there is no going back. The two experiences are exactly, exactly the same. In Hollywood you have gifting sweets, million dollar deals, access, social capital, hedonism, wealth and more -- AKA the same thing Blacks dealt with in the '60s. Agreed, Mr. West! Agreed!

SNL's New Black Female Cast Member Makes Her Debut

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy

NEW YORK (AP) — Sasheer Zamata made a low-key but notable debut on "Saturday Night Live" as the first black female cast member since 2007. As usual...

5 Hilarious YouTube Sensations of Color to Follow in 2014

Kevin Beckford | Posted 03.02.2014 | Black Voices
Kevin Beckford

The following comedy acts are incredibly different in content and delivery, but all have one thing in common: they are hilarious. With watch counts in the 6-7 digit range, these acts have proven themselves to be among the funniest on YouTube.

SNL is NOT the Only Option

Nadjawa McCoy | Posted 02.18.2014 | Comedy
Nadjawa McCoy

Instead of breathing down SNL's back to hire a more diverse cast, we should be knocking on the doors of networks, demanding that they let more people in.

'SNL' Plans To Add Black Female Cast Member Soon

AP | FRAZIER MOORE | Posted 12.18.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — "Saturday Night Live" plans to add one or two black female performers to its cast as soon as January. A representative for the NBC ...

Is SNL Ready for a Black Woman?

Kerry Coddett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Kerry Coddett

If SNL isn't finding great black female talent, maybe it's because the characters we want to play don't fall in line with the caricatures they're used to seeing. Maybe it's SNL that isn't ready -- to be progressive, break tradition and have a writing team that isn't 95 percent white for once.

The Genius And Emptiness Of Richard Pryor

Posted 11.06.2013 | Black Voices

“Is stand-up comedy literature?" David Henry and Joe Henry, a fraternal author team, ask this as Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made...

SNL's Lack Of Diversity Becomes A Major Issue

The Associated Press | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 11.03.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Kerry Washington's turn as host of "Saturday Night Live" this week gives that television institution something it hasn't seen much l...

Black Female Comedian Nyima Funk Is Not Ready for SNL!

Erica Watson | Posted 12.18.2013 | Black Voices
Erica Watson

When asked about why he feels SNL does not have any black women in the cast, Thompson responded "In auditions, they just never find ones that are ready."

10 Influential Black TV Comedians

Michelle Marques | Posted 06.12.2012 | Black Voices

For decades black comedians have used stand up comedy as an outlet to discuss experiences unique to our community. Today the tradition continues in th...

Key and Peele Are Selling Comedy Blacks Arent Buying

John S. Wilson | Posted 04.23.2012 | Black Voices
John S. Wilson

Key & Peele, a sketch comedy show on Comedy Central, is peddling offensive comedy. Apparently, when Key and Peele say their comedy is universal what they really mean is that blacks will be the butt of the jokes and others will be the ones universally yucking it up.

Our Exclusive Black History Month Comedy Roundtable

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 02.04.2012 | Comedy

Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Wanda Sykes, Dave Chappelle... say any of their names to a serious fan of comedy and you're likely to elicit a r...

An Inside Look At Popular Black Comedians

Posted 10.03.2011 | Black Voices

Being funny comes as a natural gift for man – but only the really talented (and really daring) ones have answered the call to make the masses laugh ...

The 21 Most Influential Black Comedians In America

Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 06.07.2012 | Comedy

February is Black History Month and we at HuffPost Comedy are taking a look at legendary African-American comedians both past and present. From Paul M...