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.
In his first show back on the road since May 2015 following a sex assault scandal, Bill Cosby played with a jazz band in front of a friendly crowd in his hometown of Philly. Cosby told stories and talked about his childhood but declined to discuss his upcoming retrial.
After Quincy Jones alleged that actor Marlon Brando slept with Richard Pryor, Pryor’s wife confirmed the news with ‘TMZ.’ "Richard would have no shame about Quincy's comments," she said, adding that the comedian openly detailed his bisexuality in diaries that she hopes to publish this year.