List of the funniest black TV characters. The most hilarious African-American television characters are ranked here in order of LOL-ability and sheer greatness. We're all familiar with the "token black guy" trope, so it's even more important to note the times that Hollywood gave blacks a chance to shine in their roles. Because when Hollywood did so, the result was unforgettable characters.Look no further than every member of the Cosby "family" -- but if you do look further, look at every member of "The Proud Family" as well. That's right; we don't discriminate animated characters either, as Cleveland from "Family Guy" and Fat Albert Jackson will find themselves on this master list as well. A few sitcoms were even so golden and rich with great characters that they needed more than one representative in our rankings. Examples of this are both Steve Urkel and Carl Winslow from "Family Matters" fame as well as Carlton Banks and Will Smith for "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air."