There are a multitude of funny black women in comedy. My favorites include Wanda Sykes, Leslie Jones, and Yvette Nicole Brown. I find all three to be hilarious in their own way and that are distinctly different from one another.
Speaking of black women comedians, Wanda Sykes is downright funny, and she has found success in many fields of entertainment. Her first big success was as a writer on The Chris Rock Show for which she won a Primetime Emmy in 1999. Entertainment Weekly also named her one of the funniest people in 2004. She has since been on a few notable sitcoms, many movies, and even more voice characters in cartoon movies.
Leslie Jones has the biggest smile ever and cracks me up every time she moves. Her big break was being hired by Saturday Night Live, as a writer and comedian of the show. Her newest achievement has been as one of the all too funny characters in the recent Ghostbusters remake.
Yvette Nicole Brown has a persona of being funny, but an incredibly “nice” person at the same time. Her success has been recognized in multiple TV commercials, televisions shows, and black movies. Her roles played in the sitcom, Community, Drake and Josh, and The Odd Couple have been her most impressive roles.
We have all watched a movie we thought was hilarious, only to find it fall flat a few years later. There are comedies from the ’80s that are still loved today. Some have even become almost cult classics.
One of those movies for teens is “Goonies” which was released in 1985. A group of misfits are in search of a pirates lost treasure in hopes of saving their home. The humor is high in this one and continues all the way through. The characters are very flawed, but so easy to love, possibly because we see a little of ourselves in each one.
Another iconic ‘80s comedy, though more for adults, is “The Blues Brothers.” A young Dan Aykroyd stars with John Belushi, both Saturday Night Live favorites. It is a ‘musical crime comedy’ filled with hilarity and the blues. Orphans, armature detectives and wanna-be blues singers, the duo sets out to save the orphanage where they were both raised. A great mix of music and hi jinks.
Often fantasy movies aren’t known for their humor; however, “Princess Bride” breaks the mold. The humor in this movie will be making you chuckle days, possibly years after watching. It is also one of those movies that you may miss some of the humor till the second, or third, time around, so it is worth watching again. The crazy scenes make it one of the best movies to watch while tripping too.
So, whether you love pure comedy, teen comedy, or fantasy, whether you were alive in the ‘80s or not, these three movies will win you over to the lighter side of life.