Black Comedians on SNL: Eddie Murphy to Sasheer Zamata

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  • Yvonne Hudson
  • Damon Wayans
  • Danitra Vance
  • Chris Rock
  • Ellen Cleghorne
  • Tim Meadows
  • Tracy Morgan
  • Finesse Mitchell
  • Maya Rudolph
  • Kenan Thompson
  • Jay Pharoah
  • Sasheer Zamata
  • Garrett Morris
  • Eddie Murphy

Danitra Vance

Vance brought a lot of firsts to SNL: first Black female repertory player, first lesbian castmember and first castmember with a learning disability. The comedienne, who was on the show in the 1980s, often complained about the stereotypical characters she was asked to play. Vance passed away from breast cancer in 1994. 

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