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The Most Notable Stand-Up Comics from Def Comedy Jam  

Randolph Strauss
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A thorough list of Def Comedy Jam performing comedians, with photos! Russell Simmons classic HBO stand-up comedy showcase ran from 1992 until 1997, and then returned in 2006. The show helped to launch the careers of dozens of top popular and famous black comedians, including Bernie Mac, Dave Chappelle, Bill Bellamy, Damon Wayans, Jamie Foxx, Mike Epps, and Chris Tucker. Most of the funny black comedians who were first featured on the show went on to achieve fame and influence. 

Who are the most famous Def Jam comedians? Though a variety of "Best Of" collections were released of the classic '90s episodes, featuring old black comedians, only the 2006 revival series has had all its episodes collected for DVD. This list includes the notable male and female African American comedians who stepped on the Def Comedy Jam stage on their way to the big time. (Be sure to check out more great comedy every week on Cannon's Countdown!)
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Bruce Bruce is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Notable Stand-Up Comics from Def Comedy Jam
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Bruce Bruce is an American actor and stand-up comedian from Atlanta, Georgia. He grew up in The Bluff, one of the city's roughest ghettos. He was the host of BET's ComicView and has appeared in various stand-up comedy specials and television series. He was also a spokesman for Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits. ...more on Wikipedia

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Cedric the Entertainer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Notable Stand-Up Comics from Def Comedy Jam
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Cedric Antonio Kyles, better known by the stage name Cedric the Entertainer, is an American actor, comedian, director, and game show host. He was originally the host on It's Showtime at the Apollo. He also hosted BET's ComicView during the 1993-1994 season and Def Comedy Jam in 1995. He is best known for co-starring with Steve Harvey on The WB sitcom The Steve Harvey Show and starring as Eddie in Barbershop and its sequel. He hosted the twelfth season of daytime version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in the 2013-2014 television season. ...more on Wikipedia

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Charlie Barnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Notable Stand-Up Comics from Def Comedy Jam
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Charlie Barnett was an American actor and comedian. ...more on Wikipedia

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Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Notable Stand-Up Comics from Def Comedy Jam
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Christopher Julius "Chris" Rock III is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, producer, and director. After working as a standup comic and appearing in small film roles, Rock came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s. He went on to more prominent film roles, and a series of acclaimed comedy specials for HBO. He was voted the fifth-greatest stand-up comedian in a poll conducted by Comedy Central. He was also voted in the United Kingdom as the ninth greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups in 2007, and again in the updated 2010 list as the eighth greatest stand-up comic. ...more on Wikipedia

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