comedy The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the black stand-up comedians and comic actors who make you laugh so hard, you ruin your underwear.

This list contains information about the best black comedians, loosely ranked by user votes. The best black comedians come in many forms. Some famous comedians who are black joke about family in their stand-up acts while other African American comedians crack wise about politics. A few hilarious black comedians have gone on to become some of the most successful stand-ups in the world.

Who will you find on this top black comedians list? Eddie Murphy has to be at the top. Before he was known as a mega-movie star, Eddie murphy was a stand-up comedy giant releasing such hilarious specials as Delirious and Raw in the 1980s. Dave Chappelle is another one of the funniest black comedians of all time.

Wanda Sykes is hilarious on and off stage as the producer of Last Comic Standing, The Chris Rock Show and her own hilarious specials. Other funny African Americans featured on this top black comedians list include Richard Pryor, Katt Williams, and Hannibal Buress.

Do you have a favorite black comedian? Give the funniest comics a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

If you're looking for more hilarious entertainment from African American entertainers, take a look at this list of the best black sitcoms.

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321 73
Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Dave Chappelle Block Party, Half Baked, Chappelle's Show

2
237 44
Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Richard Pryor Richard Pryor: Live in Concert, Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip, Blazing Saddles

3
208 42
Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Eddie Murphy Beverly Hills Cop, Trading Places, Coming to America

4
161 28
Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
JamiGhaniSr. added Bernie Mac The Bernie Mac Show, Ocean's Eleven, Transformers

5
176 44
Martin Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Martin Lawrence Bad Boys II, Bad Boys, Big Momma's House

6
210 60
Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Chris Rock Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker, Madagascar, Head of State

7
195 62
Katt Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Katt Williams Katt Williams: The Pimp Chronicles Pt. 1, Norbit, First Sunday

8
222 110
Kevin Hart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Kevin Hart Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Ride Along, The Wedding Ringer

9
121 47
Chris Tucker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Chris Tucker Silver Linings Playbook, The Fifth Element, Rush Hour 2

10
93 49
Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Jamie Foxx Django Unchained, Collateral, Ray

11
62 29
Cedric the Entertainer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
JamiGhaniSr. added Cedric the Entertainer Madagascar, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Ice Age

12
66 37
Steve Harvey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
JamiGhaniSr. added Steve Harvey Steve Harvey, The Original Kings of Comedy, The Steve Harvey Show

13
42 17
Robin Harris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
JamiGhaniSr. added Robin Harris Do the Right Thing, House Party, Harlem Nights

14
62 35
Patrice O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Patrice O'Neal Scary Movie 4, 25th Hour, Head of State

The 35+ Funniest Black Female Comedians

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56 35
DeRay Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
DeRay Davis 21 Jump Street, Scary Movie 4, Barbershop

16
38 20
D. L. Hughley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
JamiGhaniSr. added D. L. Hughley Scary Movie 3, The Brothers, Soul Plane

17
33 20
Flip Wilson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
JamiGhaniSr. added Flip Wilson Uptown Saturday Night, Skatetown, U.S.A.

18
42 31
George Wallace is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
George Wallace Batman Forever, Funny People, Mr Deeds

19
50 43
Wanda Sykes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Wanda Sykes Over the Hedge, Rio, Evan Almighty

20
54 48
Hannibal Buress is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Hannibal Buress The Eric Andre Show, Neighbors, Daddy's Home

21
59 54
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Whoopi Goldberg The View (1997) Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011) The 74th Annual Academy Awards The 74th Annual Academy Awards (2002) The 71st Annual Academy Awards The 71st Annual Academy Awards

The Most Overrated Actors of All Time

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25 19
Lil Rel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Lil Rel Cut'N It Up: Chicago, The Big Black Comedy Show: Vol. 3, Undisputed Comedy Series: Lil Rel

23
54 51
Mo’Nique is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Mo’Nique

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26 22
Jerrod Carmichael is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Jerrod Carmichael Neighbors

25
28 25
J. B. Smoove is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
J. B. Smoove Monsters University, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Dictator

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26 23
Deon Cole is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Deon Cole Barbershop, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Angie Tribeca

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34 32
Jay Pharoah is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Jay Pharoah Saturday Night Live, Ride Along, Get Hard

28
32 31
Keenen Ivory Wayans is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Keenen Ivory Wayans Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2, White Chicks

29
23 22
Godfrey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Godfrey Zoolander, Soul Plane, Phat Girlz

30
17 19
Donnell Rawlings is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Donnell Rawlings Spider-Man 2, Chappelle's Show, Fifty Pills

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25 30
Leslie Jones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Leslie Jones Lottery Ticket, Wrongfully Accused, Top Five

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23 32
Eric Andre is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Eric Andre

33
10 17
Baron Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Baron Vaughn Cloverfield, Fairly Legal, The Kitchen

34
17 26
Loni Love is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Loni Love Soul Plane, Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

35
10 19
Sasheer Zamata is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Sasheer Zamata Saturday Night Live, Hey Girl

36
13 30
Reggie Watts is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Reggie Watts Comedy Bang! Bang!, Fort Tilden