Famous Black Stand-up 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 Richard Pryor

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 1, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States
Died: December 10, 2005

Considered one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time, Richard Pryor entertained his audience and influenced generations of stand-up comedians with his pointed observations and skilful art of storytelling. He began by performing at clubs and gained immense fame with his third comedy album, That Nigger’s Crazy. He also became an acclaimed actor and an award winning writer.

 4 Chris Rock

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Famous As: Standup Comedian, Actor
Birthdate: February 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Andrews, South Carolina, United States

A high-school drop-out, Chris Rock worked at restaurants before stepping into stand-up comedy. He gained fame with SNL and earned his first role through Eddie Murphy. Known for voicing Marty in the Madagascar franchise, Chris also created the series Everybody Hates Chris and was voted Comedy Central’s fifth-greatest stand-up comedian.

 5 Kevin Hart

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

American comedian and actor, Kevin Hart attained fame as a stand-up comic and then established himself as a leading comedic actor on the big screen with films like Get Hard, About Last Night, Ride Along and The Wedding Ringer. He has also been part of two Jumanji films. He was critically acclaimed for the 2019 comedy-drama film The Upside.

 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 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.

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 8 Bill Cosby

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

One of America’s most popular and beloved comedians, Bill Cosby’s reputation was totally shattered when he was accused of sexual assault, sexual battery and rape by multiple women in the 2010s. Subsequently, he was found guilty of sexual assault in two cases and was sentenced in September 2018 to a total of three to ten years in a state prison.

 9 Tracy Morgan

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

 10 Hannibal Buress

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

 11 Katt Williams

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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian, Actor
Birthdate: September 2, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Comedian and rapper Katt Williams is best known as Money Mike from the comedy film Friday After Next. He was also part of Nick Cannon's improv show Wild 'N Out and played Lord Have Mercy in the movie Norbit. He has won an Emmy for his guest role in Atlanta

 12 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

 13 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.

 14 Patrice O'Neal

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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: December 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 29, 2011

 15 Damon Wayans

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 4, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States

An important member of the popular Wayans family, Damon Wayans is a stand-up comedian and actor. Over the years, Damon Wayans has been a prominent and influential member of popular sketch comedy series, such as In Living Color and Saturday Night Live.

 16 Craig Robinson

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

 17 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.

 18 Cedric the Entertainer

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jefferson City, Missouri, 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 Sinbad

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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: November 10, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Benton Harbor, Michigan, 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 Michael Che

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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: May 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, U.S.

 23 Jay Pharoah

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

 24 Nipsey Russell

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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: September 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia
Died: October 2, 2005

 25 Eddie Griffin

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

 26 D.L. Hughley

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 27 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.

 28 Orlando Jones

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

 29 Jerrod Carmichael

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

 30 Sheryl Underwood

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

 31 Jaboukie Young-White

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Famous As: Stand-up comedian, Actor
Birthdate: July 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 32 DeRay Davis

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

 33 W. Kamau Bell

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States U.S.

 34 Lavell Crawford

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

 35 George Wallace

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

 36 Tony Rock

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Famous As: Actor, Television actor
Birthdate: June 30, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bedford–Stuyvesant

 37 Shirley Hemphill

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Asheville, North Carolina
Died: December 10, 1999

 38 Donnell Rawlings

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 39 Bill Bellamy

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

 40 Wyatt Cenac

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Famous As: Known for his stand up routines and his work writing for the Daily Show from (2008-2012)
Birthdate: April 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 41 Aries Spears

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: April 3, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

 42 Totie Fields

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 7, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: August 2, 1978

 43 Godfrey Cambridge

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: November 29, 1976

 44 Corey Holcomb

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 45 Ahamefule J. Oluo

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Famous As: Jazz musician
Birthdate: 1982 AD
Birthplace: Denton, Texas, United States

 46 Finesse Mitchell

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

 47 Trent McClellan

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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Corner Brook, Canada

Trent McClellan is a Canadian comedian best known as one of the important cast members of the weekly TV comedy show This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Apart from performing as an opening act for comedians like Gerry Dee, McClellan has also showcased his talent in famous festivals like the Halifax Comedy Festival, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and Just for Laughs.

 48 Prince Abdi

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Millwall, London, England

 49 Kenny Robinson

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Famous As: Stand-up comedians
Birthdate: January 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

One of the legendary figures of Canadian comedy, Kenny Robinson had his own late-night comedy series, After Hours. He is known for his brand of profanity-laced opinionated comedy. He has also established the Nubian Disciples All Black Comedy Revue and been a co-host at the Gemini Awards.

 50 Gilson Lubin

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: August 3, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Lucia, West Indies

Gilson Lubin is a Canadian stand-up comedian who has performed in places like the United States of America, Canada, and the Caribbean. He has also performed at Montreal's famous Just for Laughs festival, winning a Canadian Comedy Award under the Best Stand-up Newcomer category. Gilson Lubin has also appeared in popular Comedy Central shows.