Def Comedy Jam gave several young Black comedians their first shot at stardom, with favorites like Martin Lawrence, Chris Rock and Mike Epps all gracing its stage before becoming household names.
This weekend, creator Russell Simmons celebrated the 25th anniversary of the stand-up series with a who’s who of big names in comedy. Dave Chappelle, Tiffany Haddish, Katt Williams, Tracy Morgan and more all attended the hilarious celebration to honor the show that highlighted up-and-coming comics of color who went on to greater things.
Def Comedy Jam 25 launches September 26 on Netflix.
Check out the festivities below.
Mike Epps, Tracy Morgan, Joe Torry and Martin Lawrence
Martin with Katt Williams
Tiffany Haddish & Bill Bellamy
Still a player, huh?
D.L. Hughley & Dave Chappelle
Say cheese, fellas!
Martin & Mike
Give it up for the ladies!
Last night Netflix celebrated Def Comedy Jam 25 with a special event at the Beverly Hilton. Featured talent included Bill Bellamy, Cedric the Entertainer, Dave Chappelle, Mike Epps, Adele Givens, Eddie Griffin, Tiffany Haddish, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Kid Capri, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Craig Robinson, JB Smoove, Joe Torry, Sheryl Underwood, Katt Williams and executive producers Stan Lathan, Russell Simmons, Jesse Collins, and Sandy Wernick. Def Comedy Jam 25 will launch exclusively on Netflix Tuesday, September 26th in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the iconic show, “Def Comedy Jam.” Pictured here is Tiffany Haddish, Sheryl Underwood, and Melanie Comarcho. Photo by Dan Steinberg. More pics in the new issue of The Humor Mill! #DefComedyJam25 #Netflix #DefComedyJam #TiffanyHaddish #SherylUnderwood #MelanieComarcho #blackhollywood #comedy #standupcomedy #followus
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Mike Epps & Eddie Griffin dap it up while Dave takes a sip.
Stand-up and Black-ish writer Deon Cole with DJ Kid Capri
The whole gang.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.