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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Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 1 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

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432 114
Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Dave Chappelle Block Party, Half Baked, Chappelle's Show

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307 71
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

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305 87
Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Chris Rock Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker, Madagascar, Head of State

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248 60
Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
JamiGhaniSr. added Bernie Mac The Bernie Mac Show, Ocean's Eleven, Transformers

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245 74
Martin Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Martin Lawrence Bad Boys II, Bad Boys, Big Momma's House

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263 108
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

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325 173
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

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158 68
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

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93 46
Cedric the Entertainer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
JamiGhaniSr. added Cedric the Entertainer Madagascar, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Ice Age

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123 74
Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Jamie Foxx Django Unchained, Collateral, Ray

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90 51
Patrice O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Patrice O'Neal Scary Movie 4, 25th Hour, Head of State

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63 31
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

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59 36
D. L. Hughley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
JamiGhaniSr. added D. L. Hughley Scary Movie 3, The Brothers, Soul Plane

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84 68
Steve Harvey is listed (or ranked) 15 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

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80 65
Hannibal Buress is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Hannibal Buress The Eric Andre Show, Neighbors, Daddy's Home

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73 58
Wanda Sykes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Wanda Sykes Over the Hedge, Rio, Evan Almighty

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69 54
DeRay Davis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
DeRay Davis 21 Jump Street, Scary Movie 4, Barbershop

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58 43
George Wallace is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
George Wallace Batman Forever, Funny People, Mr Deeds

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42 32
Flip Wilson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
JamiGhaniSr. added Flip Wilson Uptown Saturday Night, Skatetown, U.S.A.

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15 5
Redd Foxx is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Intelbeauty added Redd Foxx Harlem Nights, Sanford, Norman... Is That You?

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49 43
Keenen Ivory Wayans is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Keenen Ivory Wayans Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2, White Chicks

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11 2
Eddie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
kingplatinum007 added Eddie Griffin Malcolm & Eddie, Undercover Brother, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo

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80 81
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 24 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

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35 34
Deon Cole is listed (or ranked) 25 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 34
Lil Rel is listed (or ranked) 26 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

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38 40
J. B. Smoove is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
J. B. Smoove Monsters University, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Dictator

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31 34
Godfrey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Godfrey Zoolander, Soul Plane, Phat Girlz

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61 71
Mo’Nique is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Mo’Nique

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31 35
Jerrod Carmichael is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Jerrod Carmichael Neighbors

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41 49
Jay Pharoah is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Jay Pharoah Saturday Night Live, Ride Along, Get Hard

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36 43
Leslie Jones is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Leslie Jones Lottery Ticket, Wrongfully Accused, Top Five

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Rita Brent is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Intelbeauty added Rita Brent

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25 31
Donnell Rawlings is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Donnell Rawlings Spider-Man 2, Chappelle's Show, Fifty Pills

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32 44
Eric Andre is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Eric Andre

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18 36
Loni Love is listed (or ranked) 36 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

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12 29
Baron Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Baron Vaughn Cloverfield, Fairly Legal, The Kitchen

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12 31
Sasheer Zamata is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Sasheer Zamata Saturday Night Live, Hey Girl

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16 48
Reggie Watts is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Reggie Watts Comedy Bang! Bang!, Fort Tilden