Famous Black Comedians

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Jamie Foxx
(Best Known for His Portrayal of Ray Charles in the Biopic 'Ray')
Jamie Foxx
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Birthdate: December 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Terrell, Texas, United States

Actor, singer-songwriter, and comedian, Jamie Foxx became internationally famous for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the biographical film Ray, a role that earned him an Academy Award. He is also known for hosting his own television sitcom, The Jamie Foxx Show. Besides acting, he is also a Grammy Award-winning musician who has released four albums.

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Dave Chappelle
(Stand-up Comedian Best Known for His Comedy Sketch Series 'Chappelle's Show')
Dave Chappelle
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Birthdate: August 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

American comedian, writer and actor, Dave Chappelle, is best known for the Chappelle’s Show, the acclaimed Comedy Central show which brought him much popularity before he decided to call it quits in its third season. He later released award winning comedy specials with Netflix. Dave has also featured in numerous films like Half Baked and A Star Is Born.

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Martin Lawrence
(Known for His Roles in the Sitcom 'Martin' & 'Bad Boys' Movie Franchise)
Martin Lawrence
12
Birthdate: April 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

Martin Lawrence is a German born-American actor and comedian. Despite being traumatized after witnessing his parents' divorce at the age of eight, Lawrence went on to succeed as a comedian and later as a leading Hollywood actor. After a problematic 1990s, which included episodes of arrests, lawsuits, and health problems, he bounced back with several hit films.

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Chris Tucker
(Actor and Comedian, Best Known for His Roles in the 'Rush Hour' Triology)
Chris Tucker
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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.

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Beetlejuice
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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.

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Leslie Jones
(Comedian)
Leslie Jones
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Birthdate: September 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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Tracy Morgan
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Birthdate: November 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
 8 
Keith David
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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.
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Eartha Kitt
(Singer with a Distinctive Voice Known for her Hits "Let's Do It", and "C'est si bon")
Eartha Kitt
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Birthdate: January 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: North, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 25, 2008

Eartha Kitt was an American actress, comedian, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Renowned for her distinctive singing style, Kitt recorded several chartbusting songs during the 1950s. Also a well-known activist, Eartha Kitt established a non-profit organization called the Kittsville Youth Foundation, which helped underprivileged youths in Los Angeles. She was also an ardent advocate for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.

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Anthony Anderson
(Best Known for His Role in the Sitcom 'Black-Ish' and Series 'K-Ville' and 'Law & Order')
Anthony Anderson
5
Birthdate: August 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Compton, California, United States
Anthony Anderson of All About the Andersons fame gained fame as Andre in Black-ish and as Bryan Brown in The Bernie Mac Show. He has also hosted To Tell the Truth and been a judge on Iron Chef America, apart from appearing in films such as The Departed and Transformers.
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Craig Robinson
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Birthdate: October 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Redd Foxx
(Comedian)
Redd Foxx
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Birthdate: December 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: October 11, 1991
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Damon Wayans Jr.
(Actor and Comedian Known for Playing as ‘Brad Williams’ in the ABC Sitcom ‘Happy Endings’)
Damon Wayans Jr.
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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.

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Shawn Wayans
(Actor and Comedian)
Shawn Wayans
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Birthdate: January 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Shawn Wayans is best known for writing and appearing in the sitcom The Wayans Bros., along with his brother Marlon. He appeared in various roles in the comedy series In Living Color, along with his brother and the show’s creator, Keenen, and was also part of the Scary Movie franchise. 
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Keenen Ivory Wayans
(Actor, Comedian and Filmmaker Known for His Comedy Series, ‘In Living Color’, and the Film ‘Hollywood Shuffle’)
Keenen Ivory Wayans
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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.
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Hannibal Buress
(Comedian)
Hannibal Buress
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Birthdate: February 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
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Nick Cannon
(TV Host, Actor and Rapper)
Nick Cannon
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Birthdate: October 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

Nicholas Cannon is a comedian, rapper and television host. The Nick Cannon Show, America's Got Talent and The Masked Singer are some of his popular TV shows. He has also acted in films like Drumline, Love Don't Cost a Thing and Roll Bounce. Cannon has been accused of making racist and anti-Semitic remarks. He has called White people ‘savages’.

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Mike Epps
(Known for His Roles in Films ‘Next Friday’,’ The Hangover’ and 'The Hangover Part III')
Mike Epps
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Birthdate: November 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Stand-up comedian, actor, and film producer, Mike Epps, is a man with multiple talents. He began his career performing stand-up comedy and branched out into acting soon after.  As an actor, he gained fame for playing Day-Day Jones in the film Next Friday and its sequels. He is a controversial person and has been accused of assaulting a fellow comedian.

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Arsenio Hall
(Comedian)
Arsenio Hall
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Birthdate: February 12, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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Jimmie Walker
(Actor and Comedian Known for His Role as ‘James Evans Sr.’ in the TV Series ‘Good Times’)
Jimmie Walker
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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.
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Retta
(Stand-up Comedian)
Retta
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Birthdate: April 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
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J. B. Smoove
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Birthdate: December 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Plymouth, North Carolina, United States
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Karyn Parsons
(Known for Her Role as 'Hilary Banks' on The NBC Sitcom 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air')
Karyn Parsons
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Birthdate: October 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Karyn Parsons is an American comedian and actress best known for her portrayal of Hilary Banks in the popular sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Parsons is credited with co-creating, co-writing, and co-producing the sitcom Lush Life. She is also credited with creating a line of animated films titled Sweet Blackberry, which is about unsung black heroes.

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Lil Rel Howery
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Birthdate: December 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
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Mo'Nique
(Comedian)
Mo'Nique
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Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Woodlawn, Maryland, United States
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Sherri Shepherd
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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.

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Rudy Ray Moore
(Comedian and Actor Known for His Character ‘Dolemite’ in the Film ‘Dolemite’ and its Sequels)
Rudy Ray Moore
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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.

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Jerrod Carmichael
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Birthdate: June 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
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Faizon Love
(Actor and Comedian)
Faizon Love
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Birthdate: June 14, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Faizon Love is a Cuban-American comedian and actor known for playing important roles in films like Friday, Torque, and Couples Retreat. In 2014, he was caught up in a controversy when he made a series of contentious comments on Twitter pertaining to the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. In 2017, he was arrested after being accused of misdemeanor assault.

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Thomas Mikal Ford
(Actor & Comedian Known for His Role as Tommy Strawn on the FOX Sitcom Martin)
Thomas Mikal Ford
3
Birthdate: September 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: October 12, 2016
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Flip Wilson
(Comedian, Actor)
Flip Wilson
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Birthdate: December 8, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Died: November 25, 1998
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Orlando Jones
(Comedians)
Orlando Jones
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Birthdate: April 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, USA
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Loni Love
(Stand-up Comedian and Host Known for Her Shows 'The Real', 'I Love the 2000s' and 'Star Search')
Loni Love
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Birthdate: July 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

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.

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Jay Pharoah
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Birthdate: October 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
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Jermaine Fowler
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Birthdate: May 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
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Eddie Griffin
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Birthdate: July 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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Nicole Byer
(Comedian)
Nicole Byer
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Birthdate: August 29, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Jersey, USA
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Michael Winslow
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Birthdate: September 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, USA
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Kim Wayans
(Actress)
Kim Wayans
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Birthdate: October 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
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Sam Richardson
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Birthdate: January 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
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Joseph Marcell
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Birthdate: August 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Lucia, Caribbean
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Michael Blackson
(Actor & Comedian)
Michael Blackson
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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.

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Ross Bagley
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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.  

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Yvonne Orji
(Actress)
Yvonne Orji
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Birthdate: December 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Port Harcourt, Rivers State Rivers, Nigeria
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Isabel Sanford
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Birthdate: August 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: July 9, 2004
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Lavell Crawford
(Comedian)
Lavell Crawford
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Birthdate: November 11, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
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Sheryl Underwood
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Birthdate: October 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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LaWanda Page
(Actress)
LaWanda Page
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Birthdate: October 19, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: September 14, 2002
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DeRay Davis
(Stand-up Comedian)
DeRay Davis
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Birthdate: February 26, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Ron Funches
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Birthdate: March 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States