25 Comedians of Color Everyone Should Know

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Marina Franklin

A cast member on Comedy Central’s short-lived Awkward Comedy Show with Buress and Eric André (we’ll get to him in a second), Franklin’s earned accolades from John Oliver, appearing on his showcase, and no less than Wanda Sykes herself. Her routine on Oliver’s show demonstrates her appeal, frankly discussing her interracial relationship with a younger man while also admitting the artifice of narrative comedy (“I met [her boyfriend’s mom] and it was fine, but that’s the way I wrote the joke and I don’t want to change it”).