These black comics transitioned into daytime television changing the flavor of this genre. Unlike their more serious counterparts, they are able to infuse more humor into their topics. As a consequence, they are able to both educate and entertain their fans.
1- Black Comic that Transitioned into Daytime Television: Steve Harvey
In 2012, this bestselling author and radio host performed his last stand-up routine. Why? He decided to focus on daytime television. Two years prior, Mr. Harvey had begun a successful stint as the first black host of Family Feud, making black American history. He decided to ride this wave by creating a mid-morning talk show simply titled Steve Harvey.
2- Black Comic that Transitioned into Daytime Television: Sherri Shepherd
When you think about this petite gal, you probably envision her sitting next to Elisabeth Hasselbeck on The View. Yet, her roots are in comedy. Since the mid-90’s, Ms. Shepherd has been doing stand-up. She’s also been building an extensive resume as an actress. Her mass-appeal is undeniable, a factor that has helped her become a household name.
3- Black Comic that Transitioned into Daytime Television: Wayne Brady
Mr. Brady is another individual on this list who made black American history by being the first black to host Let’s Make A Deal. He has been able to use his background in improvisational theater to captivate viewers and earn higher ratings. In addition, this multifaceted man has been pushing a music career and promoting a new comedy series called Trust Us With Your Life.
4- Black Comic that Transitioned into Daytime Television: Sheryl Underwood
Don’t let her southern accent fool you — Ms. Underwood is no dummy. She has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts and Masters Degrees in Media Management and Mass Communication. As a result, this beautiful brunette understands how to disseminate information in an effective way. For more than a decade, she’s used this gift to create funny stand-up routines, act and make appearances on TV. Now, as a co-host of The Talk, she’s finally getting the notoriety due her.
5- Black Comic that Transitioned into Daytime Television: Whoopi Goldberg
From her critically acclaimed one-woman Broadway show to her starring role in the blockbuster hit The Color Purple, Whoopi has been ‘wowing’ the public for years. She’s one of the few thespians who earned an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award. For this reason, Goldberg’s accomplishments have earned her an iconic place in black American history. This work also gained her entrance to be a co-host on The View. This platform gives this artist a chance to transmit the kind of wisdom that comes only with age.
These black comics that transitioned into daytime television are paving the way for other comediennes of color. They are examples of how talent and hard work open up doors in Hollywood regardless of one’s race.
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