Top 15 black comedians of all time

We’re taking a look at influential black comedians, both past and present. From Richard Pryor in the ’70s, to Eddie Murphy in the ’80s, and “The Original Kings of Comedy,” blacks have played a defining role in American comedy.

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R. Hawkins
R. Hawkins

Humble with a hint of Muhammad Ali...

  1. So no Rudy Ray Moore, Redd Foxx… right. Kevin Hart hasn’t done it long enough… Arsenio? PUH-LEEEZE!!!! Damon Wayans? naw. Whoopi Goldberg… she ain’t funny anymore (she was at her best in the 80s). Bernie Mac shoulda been higher on that list. Chappelle, Paul Mooney, Eddie Murphy was dead-on… that list was ok…

  2. Loved watching Eddie Murphy, Arsenio, and Pryor both in stand up comedy as in the crack up movies they made. Whoopi also one of my favs. Awesome actress and comedian. Martin Lawrence and Chris Rock always fun to watch too. Not too much of a Wayans or Cosby fan, though. Definitely Eddie was my favorite of all time.

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