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Top 10 Rising New Black Comedians in 2023

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Who are the top rising black comedians in 2023? Becoming a known comedian is tough. It takes trial and error, years of writing jokes, and constantly going on stage to make people laugh. This blog post explores the top 10 rising new black comedians in 2023.

1. Marie Faustin

A New York-based comedian and actress, Marie Faustin is among the upcoming black talent in the comedy scene. The young talent was described by “Vulture” as the “Comedian You Should Know.” in 2018. 

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So far, Marie Faustin has appeared on GQ Magazine, Comedy Central, TruTV, MTV, The BET Awards, and VH1. She became the host of Oxygen’s Very Real Talk in 2016, Marie is also a regular Time Out NY feature and the on-air host of 99.5FM’s “Tall Tales in the Big City.”

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2. Jeff Wright

Originally from Orlando, Jeff Wright is a comedian, actor, and writer. He’s among the upcoming black comedians redefining the comedy landscape. He writes and performs on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Jeff Wright became popular with his short, quick-witted sketches that he crafted, directed, and starred in. In 2020, he was listed in the NY Times’ prestigious list of Great Performers. Jeff has over 2 million followers on TikTok, making him one of the premiere comedic personalities on the social platform.

3. Jamel Johnson

Known in Colombia as “Jamel Johnson,” Jamel Johnson is among the comics featured on Venture’s list of “Comedians You Should and Will Know” in 2021. Jamel Johnson is best recognized for his role as Rowdy Boudy on the MTV series “Undressed.”

He established himself as one of the premiere comedic names in the D.C. comedy scene through non-threatening yelling and weird stories. Jamel covers many topics in his comedy, including law & order and racism. 

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4. Kenice Mobley

Based in Brooklyn, New York, Kenice Mobley is an upcoming black standup comedian and filmmaker. She performs comedy nationwide and recently participated in the 10,000 Laughs Festival, Women in Comedy Festival, and the Brooklyn Comedy Festival this year.

Kenice Mobley has appeared on SiriusXM and FOX and was featured in Venture’s list of “Comedians you Should Know.” She has performed at comedy festivals nationwide, including Boston Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, and Janelle James Comedy Festival.

5. Ian Lara

Based in Queens, New York, Ian Lara is a superbly talented upcoming black comedian. Ian Lara ventured into comedy immediately after college because he didn’t want to attend law school. You can catch Ian in shows in New York City. He’s known for You’re the Puppet (2019), Hell of A Week with Charlamagne Tha God (2022), and Ian Lara: Romantic Comedy (2022).

6. Rachel Pegram

Based in Brooklyn, Rachel Pegram is a comedian and writer. She was born and raised in Denton, Texas, before she moved to New York to attend NYU Tisch, where she earned her BFA in Drama. 

Rachel Pegram acted alongside Chris Rock and Rachel Dratch in The Week Of. She has appeared in many movies, awards, and shows, including the movie Don’t Think Twice, Comedy Central, MTV, and BET. 

7. Ayo Edebiri

Ayo Edebiri is a talented comedian, writer, actress, voice actress, and producer. She was born on 3 October 1995 in a religious Pentecostal household. 

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This young talent has appeared on Comedy Central’s Up Next. She also cohosts the podcast Iconography with Olivia Craighead.

Ayo Edebiri is popular for voicing Missy on Big Mouth and her roles in Abbott Elementary and The Bear. 

8. Josh Johnson

Josh Johnson is another upcoming black comedian to watch out for. He’s a writer, stand-up comedian, actor, and musician.

Johnson has been writing for The Daily Show since 2017. Before then, he was a performer and writer on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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9. Jaboukie Young-White

Best Known for voicing Ethan Clade in Strange World, Jaboukie Young-White is a talented stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. Jaboukie Young became known through his work on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” Through his contributions to the show, he offered a fresh and hilarious take on current events and political satire.

10. Marina Franklin

Marina Franklin is a New York City-based comedian, actress, and writer working to establish herself as a top comedian. Her comic career started in Chicago, where she practiced and honed her skills in different comedy clubs. 

Later on, she moved to New York City. It was in New York City that she perfected her comic craft and became a known figure in comedy. Her comedy touches on relationships, race, and navigating life’s challenges.

These top 10 rising talents are redefining the genre and leaving a lasting impact on the comedy landscape. With the fresh voices these young black comedians are bringing into the industry, we can only expect to see even greater contributions from them in the future. 

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Uchenna Agwu
Uchenna Agwu
Hi there! I’m Uchenna Agwu, and I love to write. When I’m not writing, you can usually find me reading books or watching documentaries (I’m a bit of a nerd). But I also like to get out and explore – whether that means going on hikes or checking out new restaurants.


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