Black Comedians on Saturday Night Live

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  • Garrett Morris, Saturday Night Live
  • Eddie Murphy, Saturday Night Live
  • Danitra Vance, Saturday Night Live
  • Damon Wayans, Saturday Night Live
  • Chris Rock, Saturday Night Live
  • Ellen Cleghorne, Saturday Night Live
  • Chris Meadows, Saturday Night Live
  • Tracy Morgan, Saturday Night Live
  • Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live
  • Dean Edwards, Saturday Night Live
  • Finesse Mitchell, Saturday Night Live
  • Kenan Thompson
  • Jay Pharoah, Saturday Night Live
  • Frank Ocean, Saturday Night Live

Danitra Vance

Her typecasting as maids and hookers often-frustrated Saturday Night Live’s first Black female cast member. From 1985-1986, her recurring characters included "That Black Girl" (based on That Girl) and Diahann Carroll impressions. She later starred in the TV adaptation of The Colored Museum and the film Little Man Tate. Vance died of breast cancer in 1994 at the age of 40.

(Photo: Alan Singer/NBCU Photo Bank)

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