comedy The Most Notable Stand-Up Comics from Def Comedy Jam

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A thorough list of Def Comedy Jam performing comedians, with photos! Russell Simmons classic HBO stand-up comedy showcase ran from 1992 until 1997, and then returned in 2006. The show helped to launch the careers of dozens of top popular and famous black comedians, including Bernie Mac, Dave Chappelle, Bill Bellamy, Damon Wayans, Jamie Foxx, Mike Epps, and Chris Tucker. Most of the funny black comedians who were first featured on the show went on to achieve fame and influence. 

Who are the most famous Def Jam comedians? Though a variety of "Best Of" collections were released of the classic '90s episodes, featuring old black comedians, only the 2006 revival series has had all its episodes collected for DVD. This list includes the notable male and female African American comedians who stepped on the Def Comedy Jam stage on their way to the big time. (Be sure to check out more great comedy every week on Cannon's Countdown!)
Adele Givens is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Notable Stand-Up Comics from Def Comedy Jam
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Adele Givens is an American actress and comedian. Her television appearances include The Hughleys, Moesha, The Parkers, Comedy Central Presents, Def Comedy Jam, Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, Martin, Tracey Takes On... and The Steve Harvey Show. She currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky. ...more

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Aries Spears is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Notable Stand-Up Comics from Def Comedy Jam
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Aries Spears is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, and comedian. Spears was a regular on Fox's sketch comedy series MADtv, appearing in 198 episodes, making him the second longest-serving cast member on the show falling behind Michael McDonald. He recently released a new special ...more

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Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Notable Stand-Up Comics from Def Comedy Jam
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Bernard Jeffrey "Bernie" McCullough, better known by his stage name Bernie Mac, was an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice artist. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Mac gained popularity as a stand-up comedian. He joined comedians Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, and D. L. ...more

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Bill Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Notable Stand-Up Comics from Def Comedy Jam
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William "Bill" Bellamy is an American actor and stand-up comedian. Bellamy first gained national notoriety on HBO's Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam, where he is credited for creating or coining the phrase "booty call", described as a late night call to a potential paramour with the intention of ...more

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Bruce Bruce is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Notable Stand-Up Comics from Def Comedy Jam
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Bruce Bruce is an American actor and stand-up comedian from Atlanta, Georgia. He grew up in The Bluff, one of the city's roughest ghettos. He was the host of BET's ComicView and has appeared in various stand-up comedy specials and television series. He was also a spokesman for Popeye's Chicken & ...more

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Cedric the Entertainer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Notable Stand-Up Comics from Def Comedy Jam
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Cedric Antonio Kyles, better known by the stage name Cedric the Entertainer, is an American actor, comedian, director, and game show host. He was originally the host on It's Showtime at the Apollo. He also hosted BET's ComicView during the 1993-1994 season and Def Comedy Jam in 1995. He is best ...more

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Charlie Barnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Notable Stand-Up Comics from Def Comedy Jam
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Charlie Barnett was an American actor and comedian. ...more

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Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Notable Stand-Up Comics from Def Comedy Jam
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Christopher Julius "Chris" Rock III is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, producer, and director. After working as a standup comic and appearing in small film roles, Rock came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s. He went on to more prominent film ...more

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