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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  • taami

    No Redd Foxx?? Seriously?

  • d

    Patrice O’Neal?

    • yourmom

      his last special is one of the most enriching comedies ive seen, RIP

  • http://twitter.com/blacksuperman76 Michael R. James

    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…

  • kevin fart

    dont know y people find kevin hart funny, shouldnt b top 0

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  • robb

    Cosby is in a class of his own. Pryor is just an N.

  • yourmom

    Wheres Bruce Bruce, Earthquake?

  • rob

    Wanda Sykes! Let’s get more than one female on this list 🙂

  • Jorge Garcia

    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.

  • Boogz

    No Aries Spears??? Yall fuken gay as hell!!