Famous Black Comedians

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 1 Charlie Murphy

Charlie Murphy
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: July 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: BrBrooklyn, New York, United States
Died: April 12, 2017
Charlie Murphy, older brother of Eddie Murphy, is best remembered for his sketch-comedy series Chappelle's Show and for his performance as Vic in Black Jesus. He also voiced Big Kid on the children’s show Thugaboo. He also starred in movies such as CB4 and co-wrote Vampire in Brooklyn.

 2 Chris Tucker

Chris Tucker
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: August 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Chris Tucker is an American stand-up comedian and actor best known for playing Detective James Carter in the Rush Hour film series alongside Jackie Chan. Also a humanitarian, Tucker joined the likes of Bill Clinton, Jeffrey Epstein, Kevin Spacey, and Ghislaine Maxwell on a trip to Africa in an attempt to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.

 3 Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey

Despite being born with conditions like microcephaly and dwarfism, Beetlejuice went on to become a popular film, radio, and TV personality. A prominent member of Wack Pack, which is part of The Howard Stern Show, Beetlejuice was named the greatest Wack Packer ever by Howard Stern in 2015.

 4 Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: September 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

 5 Tracy Morgan

Tracy Morgan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States

 6 Keith David

Keith David
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Three-time Emmy-winner Keith David is known for his voice roles in The War and Unforgivable Blackness. He has narrated several documentaries and audio books, apart from voicing iconic characters such as Arbiter in the Halo games. He played the title role in Greenleaf and supporting roles in many movies.

 7 Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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 8 Redd Foxx

Redd Foxx
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: October 11, 1991

 9 Damon Wayans Jr.

Damon Wayans Jr.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 18, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Huntington, Vermont, United States

The son of popular actor and comedian Damon Wayans, Damon Wayans Jr. followed in his father's footsteps to become a famous actor and comedian in his own right. He played a major role in helping the ABC comedy series Happy Endings become a critically acclaimed series and a cult classic.

 10 Hannibal Buress

Hannibal Buress
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: February 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

 11 Keenen Ivory Wayans

Keenen Ivory Wayans
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 8, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Keenen Ivory Wayans, part of the Wayans family of comedians, is best known as the host of the show In Living Color. He has also directed and written several movies, including the horror spoof Scary Movie and its first sequel. He has also hosted The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show.

 12 Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Director
Birthdate: February 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 13 Arsenio Hall

Arsenio Hall
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: February 12, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

 14 Jimmie Walker

Jimmie Walker
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Actor and stand-up comedian Jimmie Walker is best known as James Evans Jr. from the series Good Times, a role that earned him a Golden Globe nomination. He became famous for his signature catchphrase, “Dy-no-mite!” He has also appeared in films such as Super Shark and the series Bustin' Loose.

 15 Retta

Retta
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: April 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

 16 J. B. Smoove

J. B. Smoove
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Plymouth, North Carolina, United States

 17 Lil Rel Howery

Lil Rel Howery
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

 18 Omar Sy

Omar Sy
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Trappes, France

Omar Sy is a French actor who achieved international recognition for his portrayal of Bakary Bassari in the 2011 buddy comedy-drama film The Intouchables. For his performance in the movie, Omar Sy became the first Black actor to receive the prestigious César Award for Best Actor. He has also appeared in other popular films like Jurassic World and Inferno.

 19 Mo'Nique

Mo'Nique
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Woodlawn, Maryland, United States

 20 Lamorne Morris

Lamorne Morris
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Lamorne Morris began his career with the BET shows HotWyred and 106 & Park. He gained game with his Teen Choice Award-nominated role of Winston in New Girl. He has appeared in many FunnyorDie shorts, in the docu-drama Valley of the Boom, and as Keef Knight in the series Woke.

 21 Sherri Shepherd

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Sherri Shepherd is an American actress, television personality, author, and comedian. She is known for co-hosting the popular talk show The View. She co-hosted the show from 2007 to 2014, for which she received several nominations for Daytime Emmy Award, winning the award in 2009. Also known for her dancing skills, Shepherd competed in Dancing with the Stars in 2012.

 22 Rudy Ray Moore

Rudy Ray Moore
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: March 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Died: October 19, 2008

A multifaceted personality, Rudy Ray Moore was a comedian, singer, actor, and film producer. He is remembered for playing the title character in the crime comedy film, Dolemite, and its sequels. He served in the army as a young man and began his career in the entertainment industry following his discharge. Many black comedians consider him an inspiration.

 23 Jerrod Carmichael

Jerrod Carmichael
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States

 24 Garrett Morris

Garrett Morris
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: February 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Garrett Morris is best known as part of Saturday Night Live, where he played characters such as Chico Escuela and the News for the Hard of Hearing translator. He also played Uncle Junior on The Jamie Foxx Show and Earl Washington in 2 Broke Girls.

 25 Jermaine Fowler

Jermaine Fowler
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 26 Flip Wilson

Flip Wilson
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Famous As: Comedian, Actor
Birthdate: December 8, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Died: November 25, 1998

 27 Loni Love

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

Loni Love is an American comedian, actress, television host, and author. Love won the prestigious Daytime Emmy Award under the Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host category in 2018 for her work in the popular syndicated talk show, The Real. A former electrical engineer, Loni Love has worked in popular companies like Xerox Holdings Corporation and General Motors.

 28 Orlando Jones

Orlando Jones
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Famous As: Comedians
Birthdate: April 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, USA

 29 Jay Pharoah

Jay Pharoah
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chesapeake, Virginia, United States

 30 Eddie Griffin

Eddie Griffin
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States

 31 Kim Wayans

Kim Wayans
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 32 Nicole Byer

Nicole Byer
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: August 29, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Jersey, USA

 33 Ross Bagley

Ross Bagley
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, United States

Former actor and comedian Ross Bagley is best known for his role as Nicky Banks in the TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Beginning his career as a child, he started acting when he was just five years old. A popular child actor during the mid-1990s, he appeared in many hit TV shows and received three Young Artist Awards.  

 34 Michael Winslow

Michael Winslow
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, USA

 35 Joseph Marcell

Joseph Marcell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Lucia, Caribbean

 36 Michael Blackson

Michael Blackson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ghana

Known as The African King of Comedy, the Ghanaian-Liberian-American comedian Michael Blackson considers Eddie Murphy one of his greatest inspirations. An encounter with Ice Cube at The Comedy Store, turned Blackson’s future around. He is also known for his hit films Next Friday and Meet the Blacks.

 37 Sam Richardson

Sam Richardson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

 38 Yvonne Orji

Yvonne Orji
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Port Harcourt, Rivers State Rivers, Nigeria

 39 Isabel Sanford

Isabel Sanford
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: July 9, 2004

 40 Sheryl Underwood

Sheryl Underwood
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: October 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

 41 LaWanda Page

LaWanda Page
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 19, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: September 14, 2002

 42 DeRay Davis

DeRay Davis
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: February 26, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 43 Thomas Mikal Ford

Thomas Mikal Ford
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Famous As: Actor & Comedian Known for His Role as Tommy Strawn on the FOX Sitcom Martin
Birthdate: September 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: October 12, 2016

 44 Lavell Crawford

Lavell Crawford
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: November 11, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

 45 Larry Wilmore

Larry Wilmore
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Famous As: Actor, Screenwriter, Comedian, Television actor, Journalist
Birthdate: October 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 46 Ricky Harris

Ricky Harris
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States
Died: December 26, 2016

 47 Ron Funches

Ron Funches
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States

 48 Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 31, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, U.S.

 49 George Wallace

George Wallace
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 21, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

 50 Robin Harris

Robin Harris
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: August 30, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: March 18, 1990