From the early comedy of Nipsey Russell, Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby to the contemporary routines of Steve Harvey, Mo'Nique, Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes, Craig Robinson, Maya Rudolph and Dave Chappelle, black comedians have often used their wit to become the voice and face of the African-American experience. These legendary comedians have also set a very high bar—not only for African Americans, but for all comics trying to make it in show business. Learn more about these famous jokesters, from their early days to their comic beginnings, to their side-splitting performances and more.
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Browse biographies, including photos and video, of some of comedy's most famous stars, including Chris Rock, Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Cosby and Dave Chappelle.
Film Actor, Theater Actor, Television Actor, Comedian, Director, Producer / 1965 -
Former Saturday Night Live castmember Chris Rock has appeared in such films as Bad Company and is the creator of the television show Everybody Hates Chris.
Film Actor, Television Actor, Comedian, Television Producer / 1937 -
Bill Cosby is an American comedian, actor and producer, who has played a major role in the development of more positive portrayal of African-Americans on television.
Film Actress, Television Actress, Comedian, Talk Show Host / 1955 -
Whoopi Goldberg is a Grammy Award-winning comedian, actress and human rights advocate, and longtime television host of the daytime talk show The View.
Film Actor, Television Actor, Comedian, Director / 1961 -
Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy began doing stand-up as a teenager. He became a popular Saturday Night Live cast member and starred in several box-office hits.
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