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10 Legendary 'Def Comedy Jam' Performances That Will Take You Right Back To The 90s

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Standup comedy hit unprecedented levels of legendary talent back in the 80s and 90s, and once the mid-90s rolled around, the biggest name in the game was Def Comedy Jam.

Created in 1992 by Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons, Def Comedy Jam was a long-running HBO program meant to highlight black comedians at their finest, and boy did it deliver. Tons of legendary comedians made their names on the show, and their performances, especially these 10, stand the test of time

Caution: these jokes contain very, VERY explicit language and themes.

Martin Lawrence

The legendary comedian often hosted the show, and he used any chance he got to bring the audience up on stage and give them a hard time.

Eddie Griffin

He rarely chose good movies, but when it came to his standup, Griffin was basically untouchable. His angry delivery coupled with his hilarious voices were the absolute best.

John Witherspoon

You've probably seen him in movies and shows like Friday and The Boondocks, but John Witherspoon actually had a pretty solid standup career too, and his jokes are always killer.

Jamie Foxx

Before he was getting Oscar nominations for playing Ray Charles, Foxx had huge roles on In Living Color and The Jamie Foxx Show, so of course he had to show up on Def Comedy Jam.

The performances get even more legendary from here...

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