15 Black Comediennes That Keep Us Laughing Out Loud

December 12, 2013  |  
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If Saturday Night Live can’t find any funny black women for the cast, they must not be looking very hard. Here are the funny women that kept us laughing out loud in 2013.

Danielle Brooks

Unless you’re one of the last people on earth who hasn’t seen “Orange Is the New Black,” you know that Danielle Brooks is one of the breakout stars of 2013. She’s a Julliard grad, a great actress, and we can’t wait to see what she does next.

Jessica Williams

If you need a reason to tune in to the “Daily Show,” Jessica Williams is it. She’s dry, wry and not afraid to tell us how much she makes “in a week’s worth of making fun of white people.”

Vanessa Graddick

You may have spotted Vanessa Graddick on “Real Husbands of Hollywood” or “Comedy Central.” She’s a comic who’s not afraid to laugh at herself or the audience.

Franchesca Ramsey

Most of us know Franchesca Ramsey from her YouTube hit “Sh!t White Girls Say.” If you’re not already subscribed to her channel, you’re missing out. If there’s anyone on the net who has our white friends down better than Franchesca does, we haven’t found her.

Nicole Byer

We love Nicole Byer, breakout star of “Girl Code” and another Upright Citizens Brigade alum. She serves up all the real talk we can take while keeping us in stitches.

Bethany Van Delft

Bethany Van Delft is our favorite “ghetto nerd” who doesn’t like to be called “mulatto” because it sounds like a Pepperidge Farm cookie. She’s one of the fresh new faces of standup, and the founding member of “Colorstruck: Women of Color in Comedy,” New England’s first and only women of color comedy showcase.

Tiffany Hadish

Tiffany Hadish is Eddie Murphy-raw and funny as heck. You may have seen her on “Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes” or “Snoop Dogg Presents: The Bad Girls of Comedy” joking about queefs or cursing the white girls who convinced her that getting a bikini wax was a good idea.

Calise Hawkins

Calise Hawkins is a writer for MTV’s girl code and funny stand-up comedian who knows that, sometimes, the side effects of being a “strong black woman” are loneliness and depression. Luckily for her, she managed to develop a taste for wine.

GloZell Green

Funny woman GloZell has thousands of YouTube videos and most of them will leave you in stitches. She’s a hot mess and a half and a former girl scout from the tough streets of Orlando, Florida who wants to know, “is that your breath or did you just fart?”

Awet Teame

Awet Teame hails from Eritrea and she’s got a million jokes from the motherland. She brings a fresh brand of funny to the stage and we can tell she’s about to blow up in a big way.

Hadiyah Robinson

You may have seen comedian Hadiyah Robinson on “The Monique Show” or all over the stand-up comedy circuit. We love her because she’s funny, bold and not afraid to whoop a kid at Play Station.

Cocoa Brown

Cocoa Brown is our favorite loud, in-your-face comedian. We love her on “For Better or Worse” and her stand-up set where she serves some of the funniest relationship advice we’ve ever heard.

Sasheer Zamata

Sasheer Zamata She’s an Upright Citizen’s Brigade veteran whose stand-up is so smart we don’t know whether to take notes or fall down laughing.

Azie Dungey

LA Weekly called Comedian Azie Dungey “a talented comedian with a killer deadpan” and we couldn’t agree more. The NYU grad is most famous for her YouTube series “Ask a Slave” where she reenacts the answers to the ridiculous questions she get’s at her day job: playing Martha Washington’s slave maid Caroline Branham. She’s funny, great at impressions, and just as good at pointing out just how much some people don’t know about history.

Marina Franklin

Stand-up veteran Marina Franklin says she didn’t have the energy to be a sassy black comedian, so she had to learn to be herself on stage. Her jokes are fun, funny and the key to a big future in stand upt.

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