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

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!)



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    Rudy Rush

    Rudy Rush, born September 27, 1973, is an American comedian. In 2000, he became the host of Showtime at the Apollo.

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    Russell Dominic Peters is a Canadian comedian and actor. He began performing in Toronto in 1989 and won a Gemini Award in 2008. He has set records for sales and attendance at a comedian's performance: in 2007, as the first

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    Sheryl Underwood is an American comedian, actress and television host. She is currently a panelist on the daytime chat show The Talk on CBS since 2011.

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    Sommore

    Sommore is an actress and comedian from Trenton, New Jersey. Rambough attended Morris Brown College, and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the older half-sister of actress Nia Long.

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    Broderick Steven "Steve" Harvey is an American comedian, television host, radio personality, actor, and author. He hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Steve Harvey, and Family Feud. He is the author of Act Like a Lady,

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    Steve White is an actor, screenwriter, and comedian.

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    Ted Carpenter
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    Tiffany Haddish

    Tiffany Haddish credits her social worker for her success as a comedian/actress. Growing up in foster care in South Central Los Angeles, it was her excessive talking and imaginary friends that prompted her increasingly flustered

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    Tony T. Roberts

    Tony T. Roberts, also known as Tony Roberts, is an American comedian and actor. He has appeared on HBO's Def Comedy Jam, BET's ComicView, It's Showtime at the Apollo, and "Shaquille All Star Comedy Jam"

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    Tracy Jamal Morgan is an American actor and comedian best known for his eight seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for his role as Tracy Jordan in the comedy series 30 Rock. He was nominated for an Emmy Award in

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    Vince Morris
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    Vincent Oshana

    Vincent Oshana is an American actor and comedian best known for his HBO Stand-Up Comedy Set on Russell Simmons's Def Comedy Jam and various roles on Showtime channel's television series The Underground.

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    Warren Hutcherson

    Warren Hutcherson is an American comedian and comedy writer from Baltimore, Maryland. He is perhaps best known for his jokes about how his father, a member of the Nation of Islam, was able to find conspiracies in everyday

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