Some of the most famous black stand-up comedians include Richard Pryor, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle. Other famous black stand-ups include Bernie Mac, Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy and Whoopi Goldberg.
Richard Pryor was one of the earliest successful black stand-up comedians and was notable for the personal nature of his humor, which often featured strong language and self-deprecating routines. Pryor was a major influence on comics such as Chris Rock, known for albums such as "Bigger and Blacker" and "Bring the Pain," and Dave Chappelle, known for his sketch show, "Chappelle's Show," as well as specials such as "Killin' Them Softly" and "For What It's Worth."
A number of black stand-up comedians are known for wholesome, family friendly acts. One of the most successful black comedians, prior to his legal troubles, was Bill Cosby, who had one of the most successful sitcoms of the 1980s with "The Cosby Show." Eddie Murphy, who was very successful as a stand-up comedian, achieved success in films such as "Coming to America," "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Trading Places." Other black stand-up comedians who have achieved success in TV and film include Bernie Mac, who starred on "The Bernie Mac Show," and Whoopi Goldberg, who appeared in films such as "Theodore Rex" and "Sister Act."