• Paula J Leon

Great Black Female Comedians You Should Know

Female comedians already have a tough time making it in the comic industry when it's dominated by white men. Black women however have an even tougher time of making it big and getting netflix specials therefore here is a list of black female comedians who deserve much more attention for their work.


  1. Ayo Edebiri

Ever had a bad high? Ayo Edebiri wholesomely recounts her own bad trip story and ends up being burped like a baby!



2. Marina Franklin

Worried about being a cougar? Were you ever nervous about meeting your white boyfriends family? Marina gives a great impression of your white boyfriend trying his hardest.


3. Dulcé Sloan

Forced to move to New York because of success, Dulcé Sloan pokes fun at yankee pride while detailing her hatred for living in NYC. She's a correspondent for The Daily Show With Trevor Noah and I think we can agree we would love to see The Daily Show with Dulcé Sloan. Trevor's doing great though so maybe we give a daily show or tonight show to Dulcé in the west coast, because she'd be much happier away from the NYC winters.



4. Retta

Customer service is the worst, and Retta clearly had one of the worst experiences but she knows to not mess with people who touch her food. You may recognize her from the beloved role of Donna Meagle from Parks and Rec.


5. Michelle Buteau

You may recognise her as Veronica from Always be My Maybe, or as various key roles on Key and Peele. Michelle Buteau is a happily married comedian, who thinks her mans is so nice he might kill her in her sleep.


6. Sasheer Zamata

"Sorry my names too ethnic for you" Zamata says explaining the origin of her name. What would you do if you were 20 years old and your parents told you they misspelled your name? Zamata was the first black female cast member on SNL (2014-17) since former biracial star Maya Rudolf left in 2007. Zamata was named a celebrity ambassador to the American Civil Liberties Union in 2015, and began work with the Women's Rights Project. She has spoken out on gender discrimination and colourism in the U.S. today, and has advocated for equal rights among women of color, in particular.


We hope you enjoyed this brief list, highlighting some of the great women in comedy deserving of the big spot light. Obviously this list is short and there are so many more black female comedians out there however here's just a few of the lesser known comedians we felt deserved some recognition. Let us not forget some of the ICONIC women of comedy such as Wanda Sykes, Whoopi Goldberg, Tiffany Haddish, Aisha Tyler, Leslie Jones, Queen Latifah and so many more. If you are an aspiring comedian please reach out sharing your material, we always love to hear from apiring creators.

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