Comedians

The Best Black Comedy Specials  

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List Rules Vote up the best comedy specials from black comedians.

Stand-up comedy is difficult to pull off. A comedian needs to be able to appeal to the widest audience possible while still staying true to themselves. For stand-up fans, it would serve them well to seek out diverse comedians who provide scathing commentary on a variety of issues. Fortunately, there are plenty of great black comedy specials on Netflix, Hulu, and Comedy Central. From legends like Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle to newer comedians like Trevor Noah and the Lucas Brothers, there is no shortage of incredible comedy coming from black artists. 

Some of these stand-ups turn most of their attention toward American politics. Michael Che provides a droll delivery on the experiences of being a black man in America's modern justice system. Meanwhile, other comedians, like Hannibal Buress, focus on much lighter fare. He'll joke about pickle juice or letting Beyoncé punch his mom, but at the same time, he's not afraid to tackle more serious subjects. 

Out of all of these black stand-up specials, which do you think are the best? Do you like comedy that came out this year or the classics like Richard Pryor? If you consider yourself a comedy fan, then vote for your favorites below. 

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Patrice O'Neal: Elephant in the Room 2011
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Katt Williams: Great America 2018
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Cedric the Entertainer: Live from the Ville 2016
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Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark 2017
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Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones 2019
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Chris Rock: Tambourine 2018
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Deon Cole: Cole Blooded Seminar 2016
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Wanda Sykes: Sick & Tired 2006
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DeRay Davis: How To Act Black 2017
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W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro 2018
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Mike Epps: Don't Take it Personal 2015
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Marlon Wayans: Woke-Ish 2018
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Michael Che Matters 2016
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Hannibal Buress: Animal Furnace 2012
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Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive 2017
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JB Smoove: That's How I Dooz It 2012
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Arsenio Hall: Smart & Classy 2019