[#UBLists]: 10 Black Comedians that Have Authored Books
Comedians have a way of lifting our spirits on screen and off. Urban Bookish has compiled a list of 10 Black Comedians that have Written Books. Keep scrolling to read more.
Everybody might know that Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish have released books. Did you know that Mike Epps and Chris Rock also have books too? See our complete list below, and head over to our Urban Bookish Amazon Store to get your copy of the books featured in this post.
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
From stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish, comes The Last Black Unicorn, a sidesplitting, hysterical, edgy, and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays, as fearless as the author herself . Get your copy here.
I Can’t Make This Up, Life Lessons by Kevin Hart
New York Times bestselling author, superstar comedian, and Hollywood box office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have a “hilarious but also heartfelt” ( Elle) memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself. Get your copy here.
Unsuccessful Thug by Mike Epps
From Naptown to Tinseltown—legendary stand-up comedian and actor Mike Epps finally tells all in this outrageous, hilarious, no-holds-barred memoir. Get your copy here.
How Not to get Shot: And Other Advice From White People by D.L. Hughley
200 years ago, white people told black folks, “‘I suggest you pick the cotton if you don’t like getting whipped.” Today, it’s “comply with police orders if you don’t want to get shot.” Now comedian/activist D. L. Hughley–one the Original Kings of Comedy–confronts and remixes white people’s “advice” in this “hilarious examination of the current state of race relations in the United States” (Publishers Weekly). Get your copy here.
Rock This! by Chris Rock
From today’s hottest stand-up comic–heir to Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy and known for his Emmy Award-winning HBO Specials and The Chris Rock Show–comes this edgy, no-holds-barred humor book about race, relationships, and politics. Get your copy here.
Stand by Your Truth: And Then Run for Your Life by Rickey Smiley
Stand by Your Truth is part memoir, part testimonial, and part life guide, mixing Rickey’s down-home humor with the values he learned from being raised by three generations of elders, steeped in the Baptist church, and mentored by some of the most celebrated comics in the entertainment industry today. Get your copy here.
I Am the New Black by Tracy Morgan
The outrageously funny, heartbreaking, and surprising story of Tracy Morgan’s rise from ghetto wiseass to superstar comedian. Hilarious, inspiring, searing, and touching, I Am the New Black is a fascinating peek inside the minds of one of the most compelling and defining comedians of our time. Get your copy here.
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
In this universally accessible New York Times bestseller named for her wildly popular web series, Issa Rae—“a singular voice with the verve and vivacity of uncorked champagne” ( Kirkus Reviews)—waxes humorously on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits and black as cool. Get your copy here.
The Book of Leon: Philosophy of a Fool by Leon Black (JB Smoove)
Everyone’s favorite houseguest who never left, Leon Black (played by award-winning comedian JB Smoove on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm) drops his wisdom and good-bad advice for the masses. Learn the secrets Larry David has gleaned from the Falstaff of television. Live your best Leon. Bring the Ruckus. Get your copy here.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. Get your copy here.
Black Is the New White by Paul Mooney
Decades ago, Paul Mooney set out not just make audiences laugh but to make them think. Black Is the New White is his blisteringly funny, no-holds-barred memoir of how he continues to succeed wildly at both. Get your copy here.
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