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 famous 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 vote others down accordingly.

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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1
698 198
Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Block Party, Half Baked, Chappelle's Show

2
522 126
Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Beverly Hills Cop, Trading Places, Coming to America

3
573 149
Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Richard Pryor: Live in Concert, Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip, Blazing Saddles

4
462 140
Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
JamiGhaniSr. added The Bernie Mac Show, Ocean's Eleven, Transformers

5
473 147
Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker, Madagascar, Head of State

6
404 133
Martin Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Bad Boys II, Bad Boys, Big Momma's House

7
431 181
Katt Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Katt Williams: The Pimp Chronicles Pt. 1, Norbit, First Sunday

8
522 288
Kevin Hart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Ride Along, The Wedding Ringer

9
126 24
Redd Foxx is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Intelbeauty added Harlem Nights, Sanford, Norman... Is That You?

10
254 120
Chris Tucker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Silver Linings Playbook, The Fifth Element, Rush Hour 2

11
188 78
Cedric the Entertainer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
JamiGhaniSr. added Madagascar, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Ice Age

12
217 122
Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Django Unchained, Collateral, Ray

13
117 43
Eddie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
kingplatinum007 added Malcolm & Eddie, Undercover Brother, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo

14
124 59
Robin Harris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
JamiGhaniSr. added Do the Right Thing, House Party, Harlem Nights

15
152 92
Patrice O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Scary Movie 4, 25th Hour, Head of State

16
130 82
D. L. Hughley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
JamiGhaniSr. added Scary Movie 3, The Brothers, Soul Plane

17
136 97
Wanda Sykes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Over the Hedge, Rio, Evan Almighty

18
159 121
Steve Harvey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
JamiGhaniSr. added Steve Harvey, The Original Kings of Comedy, The Steve Harvey Show

19
104 69
George Wallace is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Batman Forever, Funny People, Mr Deeds

20
131 110
Hannibal Buress is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
The Eric Andre Show, Neighbors, Daddy's Home

21
75 52
Flip Wilson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
JamiGhaniSr. added Uptown Saturday Night, Skatetown, U.S.A.

22
123 102
DeRay Davis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
21 Jump Street, Scary Movie 4, Barbershop

23
87 69
Keenen Ivory Wayans is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2, White Chicks

24
29 8
Mike Epps is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
mscot16 added The Hangover, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, The Hangover Part III

25
129 123
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
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

26
68 58
Deon Cole is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Barbershop, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Angie Tribeca

27
77 69
J. B. Smoove is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Monsters University, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Dictator

28
96 106
Mo’Nique is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Mo’Nique

29
12 6
Aries Spears is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
jonmoore added Jerry Maguire, The Proud Family, Mad TV

30
72 78
Jay Pharoah is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Saturday Night Live, Ride Along, Get Hard

31
59 64
Lil Rel is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
69 77
Leslie Jones is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Lottery Ticket, Wrongfully Accused, Top Five

33
52 59
Godfrey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Zoolander, Soul Plane, Phat Girlz

34
6 3
Corey Holcomb is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
jonmoore added Like Mike, Last Comic Standing, The Wedding Ringer

35
45 60
Jerrod Carmichael is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Neighbors

36
39 54
Donnell Rawlings is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Spider-Man 2, Chappelle's Show, Fifty Pills

37
45 78
Eric Andre is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Eric Andre

38
29 64
Loni Love is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Soul Plane, Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

39
17 53
Sasheer Zamata is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Saturday Night Live, Hey Girl

40
16 55
Baron Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Cloverfield, Fairly Legal, The Kitchen

41
28 77
Reggie Watts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Comedy Bang! Bang!, Fort Tilden

42
5 34
Rita Brent is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time
Intelbeauty added Rita Brent