Entertainment The Funniest Black SNL Cast Member  

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List Rules African American cast members of Saturday Night Live only, no guest hosts

There have been some diverse performers on the Saturday Night Live cast.  Which are the most hilarious of SNL's black cast members?

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Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Black SNL Cast Member
Saturday Night Live, Shrek the Halls, The PJs

Years as Cast Member: 1980 - 1984

Characters: Buckwheat, Dion, Mr. Robinson, Velvet Jones 

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Kenan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Black SNL Cast Member
Saturday Night Live, Kenan & Kel, All That

Years as Cast Member: 2003 - Present

Characters: Jean K. Jean, Steve Kane, Trey, D'Andre Cole

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Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Black SNL Cast Member
In Living Color, Everybody Hates Chris, The Chris Rock Show

Years as Cast Member: 1990 - 1993

Characters: Buster Jenkins, Nat X, Onski, Young Pop

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Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Black SNL Cast Member
Up All Night, TV Funhouse, City of Angels

Years as Cast Member: 2000 - 2007

Characters: Britanica, Beyoncé Knowles, Donatella Versace, Beertje Van Beers

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Tim Meadows is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Black SNL Cast Member
Marry Me, Glory Daze, The Michael Richards Show

Years as Cast Member: 1991 - 2000

Characters: Leon Phelps, G-Dog, Denzel Washington, D'Angelo

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Tracy Morgan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Black SNL Cast Member
30 Rock, The Tracy Morgan Show, Where My Dogs At?

Years as Cast Member: 1996 - 2003

Characters: Astronaut Jones, Aunt Jemima, Uncle Jemima, Bishop Don "Mark" Donald

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Garrett Morris is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Black SNL Cast Member
2 Broke Girls, Martin, Hunter

Years as Cast Member: 1975 - 1980

Characters: Chico Escuela, Hodo, Merkon

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Jay Pharoah is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Black SNL Cast Member
Saturday Night Live

Years as Cast Member: 2010 - 2016

Characters: Daniel Frye, MC George Costanza, Ronny Williams, Atlanta Horns member

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Damon Wayans is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Black SNL Cast Member
Saturday Night Live, In Living Color, My Wife and Kids

Years as Cast Member: 1985 - 1986

Characters: Keith, Ned Jones, Babyface, Little Richard

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Michael Che is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Black SNL Cast Member
Saturday Night Live

Years as Cast Member: 2014 - Present

Characters: Elijah Kelley, Lester Holt, Meek Mill, Weekend Update Anchor

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Leslie Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Black SNL Cast Member
Saturday Night Live

Years as Cast Member: 2014 - Present

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Sasheer Zamata is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Black SNL Cast Member
Saturday Night Light

Years as Cast Member: 2014 - 2017

Characters: Janelle, Rihanna, Michelle Obama, Beyoncé Knowles

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Ellen Cleghorne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Black SNL Cast Member
Cleghorne!, Saturday Night Live

Years as Cast Member: 1991 - 1995

Characters: Queen Shenequa, Pop's Daughter, Zoraida, Mary J. Blige

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Ego Nwodim is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Black SNL Cast Member
Amy Boal added

Years as Cast Member: 2018 - Present 

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Finesse Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Black SNL Cast Member
Saturday Night Live, A.N.T. Farm

Years as Cast Member: 2003 - 2006

Characters: Andre 3000, apl.de.ap, Morgan Freeman

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Danitra Vance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Black SNL Cast Member
Saturday Night Live

Years as Cast Member: 1985 - 1986

Characters: Cabrini Green Jackson, LaToya Marie, Cicely Tyson

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Jerry Minor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Black SNL Cast Member
The Daily Show, Mr. Show with Bob and David, Lucky Louie

Years as Cast Member: 2000 - 2001

Characters: Grand Master Rap, Terrell, Al Sharpton, Jimi Hendrix

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Dean Edwards is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Black SNL Cast Member
Celebrity Jeopardy!, Take On The Takeaway, 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s

Years as Cast Member: 2001 - 2003

Characters: Denzel Washington, Michael Jackson, Don Cheadle

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Yvonne Hudson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Black SNL Cast Member
Saturday Night Live

Years as Cast Member: 1980 - 1981