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.
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.
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.
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.
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.