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Let’s be honest, black women have been brushed aside in the comedy world forever. We just don’t seem to get the same respect as our male counterparts. However, it’s nice to see that there are ladies out there, on television, in web-series’, or doing stand-up comedy where they can prove that black women are indeed funny.

While everyone’s waiting for the next Chappelle’s Show to come around (by Dave or anyone else that could be his replacement), wouldn’t it be great if it was by a woman?

Here’s my list of funny black women doing their thing right now, low and high on everyone’s radar:

Maya Rudolph

Just off the wheels of her successful turn hosting Saturday Night Live this past weekend, Maya Rudolph proved that she is a very funny woman.

Though she is technically bi-racial and doesn’t always portray a black woman, she still does play a lot of black characters. But that’s to her advantage because she is able to impersonate multiple characters of all different backgrounds (anyone else seeing her do Christina Aguilera?) and kill while doing so. Just this past weekend alone she played First Lady Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, and Maya Angelou just to name a few. She also stars on the show Up All Night on NBC, where she plays an Oprah-esque talk show host.

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