Black History Month: Legendary Comedians?
Want to hear a joke? These legendary folks have got jokes for days, often just telling it like it is, but in a way that leaves us laughing until we cry. They offer constant reminders to not take life too seriously. Here are our top comedians.
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Richard Pryor made his first appearance in “Silver Streak” in 1976. His acts were comedic examinations of racism and contemporary issues, and many modern comedians have said that Pryor inspired their careers.
One of the co-hosts of “The View,” Goldberg was awarded The Annual Kennedy Centre Mark Twain Prize for Comedy. She is one of only four actresses to win the quadruple crown of acting by winning an Academy Award, a Tony Award, an Emmy and a Grammy. In 1994, she became the first African American woman to host the Academy Awards.
In the 1980s, Murphy began his career as a regular cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” He ranks number 10 in Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comics of All Time. Besides being a stand-up comedian, Eddie is also an actor, singer, writer, director and musician.
Chris Rock began as a member of “Saturday Night Live” in the 1990s, and was once voted the funniest person in the U.S. by Entertainment Weekly. Rock is also an actor, screenwriter, television and producer, and director.