Think You Know Funny? Here’s 10 of the Most Known Unknown Comics From Def Comedy Jam
With Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan celebrating 25 years of Def Comedy Jam supremacy, we take a look back at some of the best comics not named Chappelle, Tracy or Monique.
The ‘90s were a turbulent time for black people, as it has been ever since we were packaged without shipping & handling to America. During that time, specifically, we dealt with our children being slain, police brutality and a certain “crime of the century,” that kept Americans—regardless of race—glued to their television sets. To report these times and to make light of the truths within, black America turned to a select group of comics who kept us barreling over in laughter to stop us from burning this muh’f***a down.
Acts from such personalities as Chris Rock, Mo’nique, Steve Harvey, Adele Givens and Bernie Mac redefined the comedy genre with brash language, memorable performances and classic bits that remain as fresh today as they were when the show originally ran between 1992 and 1997. 25 years later and the architects behind Def Comedy Jam — namely Stan Lathan and Russell Simmons — celebrate their iconic status with an original Netflix program.
A stand-up special of epic proportions, Def Comedy Jam 25 proves that it was ever much an institution as Saturday Night Live, while doing something that SNL could never: break talent on a blockbuster scale (c’mon, son, Bobby Monyihan as leading man?). Taped at the Beverly Hilton, Def Comedy Jam 25 featured performances from Katt Williams, Martin Lawrence, Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tiffany Haddish, JB Smoove and more.
And while all these names were able to put on a show for Def Comedy Jam 25 and become multi-millionaire household names — this piece is dedicated to those who made an indelible mark as a part of Def Comedy Jam family tree. With that in mind, these are the 15 funniest most unknown comics from Def Comedy Jam.
Don’t forget to watch Def Comedy Jam 25 tonight as it makes its premiere on Netflix. Here’s a clip from the show you can peep above: