04/15/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Jun 07, 2012

The 21 Most Influential Black Comedians In America

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 Mooney and Richard Pryor in the 70's, to Eddie Murphy and Bill Cosby in the 80's, to "The Original Kings Of Comedy," African-Americans have played a defining role in the scheme of American comedy. By providing a humorous voice to narrate the African-American experience, and breaking down racial and social barriers along the way, each of these comics has brought a unique perspective to the ever-changing tableau that is comedy in America.

Most Influential Black Comedians Of All Time