Famous Black Comedians

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 1 Eddie Murphy

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 3, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Actor and comedian, Eddie Murphy, is one of the highest-grossing actors in the United States. Beginning his career as a comedian on the TV show Saturday Night Live, he went on to become a bankable movie actor. Also a singer, he has released many studio albums. He has been awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

 2 Dave Chappelle

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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
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.

 3 Nick Cannon

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Famous As: Actor
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’.

 4 Trevor Noah

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Famous As: Actor, Comedian,TV host
Birthdate: February 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Trevor Noah is a writer, political commentator, comedian and television host and hosts the American satirical news programme, The Daily Show. He has also hosted several other shows, including the late-night talk show, Tonight with Trevor Noah. He is an actor too. He has written an autobiographical book, Born A Crime, and has received numerous accolades and awards, including the Emmy Award.

 5 Bernie Mac

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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: October 5, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 9, 2008
A well-known comedian and actor, Bernie Mac was named in Rolling Stone magazine's 50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time list in 2017. In recognition of his contribution to arts, Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared November 14 as Bernie Mac Day in 2016. Bernie's alma mater Chicago Vocational High School renamed its CVS Auditorium as Bernie Mac Auditorium.

 6 Martin Lawrence

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Famous As: Comedian
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.

 7 Whoopi Goldberg

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan

Accomplished American comedian, actress, singer and Broadway star, Whoopi Goldberg is amongst the select few who have won all the four awards—Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Moreover, she is also a political activist, author and talk show host. Her notable work include films Ghost, Sister Act and The Color Purple; Broadway show Thoroughly Modern Millie and talk show The View.

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 8 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.

 9 Jamie Foxx

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Famous As: Actor
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.

 10 Terry Crews

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Famous As: Actor, American Football Player
Birthdate: July 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Flint

Terrence Crews is an actor, comedian, activist and a body-builder. He’s also a former professional football player. He has starred in sitcoms like Everybody Hates Chris and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Plus, he has acted in many movies including the Expendables series. In 2017, Crews talked about a sexual assault on him by a Hollywood executive. He fiercely advocates for women's rights.

 11 Tracy Morgan

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

 12 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.

 13 Wanda Sykes

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States

Wanda Sykes is an American actress, writer, and comedian. In 2004, Sykes was named in Entertainment Weekly magazine's list of 25 funniest people in America. Also known for her role as an activist, Sykes has been emceeing fundraisers and hosting events to tackle issues concerning same-sex marriages. She is also an ardent supporter of the Ruth Ellis Center.

 14 Hannibal Buress

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

 15 Queen Latifah

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

Queen Latifah is an American musician and actress whose song U.N.I.T.Y. played a major role in raising awareness about women's rights worldwide. Dubbed Queen of Jazz-Rap, Latifah has influenced several soul, R&B, and hip-hop artists like Remy Ma, Lil' Kim, Ivy Queen, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, and Eve among other artists. As an actress, Latifah has won several prestigious awards.

 16 Craig Robinson

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 17 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

 18 Leslie Jones

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

 19 Mike Epps

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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: November 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.

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.

 20 Arsenio Hall

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

 21 Retta

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

 22 Jimmie Walker

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Bronx, 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.

 23 Mo'Nique

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

 24 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.

 25 Lamorne Morris

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glen Ellyn, 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.

 26 J. B. Smoove

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

 27 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.

 28 Lil Rel Howery

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

 29 Jermaine Fowler

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

 30 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.

 31 Jay Pharoah

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

 32 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.

 33 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.

 34 Joseph Marcell

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

 35 Eddie Griffin

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, USA

 36 Nicole Byer

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

 37 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

 38 Michael Winslow

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

 39 Orlando Jones

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

 40 Jerrod Carmichael

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

 41 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

 42 Larry Wilmore

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

 43 Sheryl Underwood

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

 44 Yvonne Orji

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

 45 Ron Funches

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

 46 DeRay Davis

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

 47 Jessica Williams

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

 48 Sam Richardson

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

 49 Lavell Crawford

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

 50 Bobb'e J. Thompson

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 28, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.