Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Haddish didn’t have a glamorous start in life. She started performing comedy at the age of 17 and has continued to perform ever since. She says the mentorship from many notable comedians such as the Wayans brothers and Richard Pryor helped her find her calling for comedy that “literally saved her life.”
She broke out onto the scene with her role on “Girls Trip,” where she starred alongside Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Queen Latifah.
Amy Schumer has been doing stand-up since the early 2000s, but her big break came when she was a contestant on NBC's “Last Comic Standing” in 2007. Since then, Amy has performed multiple stand-up specials for Netflix, won five Emmys with her sketch series “Inside Amy Schumer,” and wrote and starred in her debut film “Trainwreck.”
Amy is also on the New York Times Bestseller list for her book “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo” and has been nominated for two Grammys and a Tony award! There's no telling how far she will go, but at this rate, she could possibly get an EGOT in the future!
Rising to fame in 2012 with her rap song "My Vag,” Asian-American comedian Awkwafina is one of the funniest celebrities in the industry. She received critical acclaim and won a Golden Globe for best actress for her role in 2019's “The Farewell”.
She also has starred in “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Shang-Chi,” and her own show “Awkwafina is Nora from Queens,” which airs on Comedy Central. She continues to impress with each performance and makes audiences laugh out loud during her shows.
Wanda Sykes has been a mainstay in comedy since she started performing in 1987. She moved from the DC area to New York in 1992 and regularly appeared on Def Comedy Jam with Adele Given, J.B. Smooth, and Bernie Mac in the early 1990s. Her big break came when she opened for Chris Rock at "Caroline's Comedy Club."
She has since been nominated for 14 Emmys with one win, won the American Comedy Award for Funniest Female Stand-Up Comics in 2001, and won Comedy Central's Commie Award for "Funniest TV Actress" in 2003. Aside from comedy, Wanda is a huge activist for the LGBTQIA+ community and has been ‘out’ since 2008.
Comedian, actress, YouTuber, writer, and social media celebrity. If you have not heard of Ali Wong, look her up immediately! She has been performing comedy since 2005 and continues to make audiences laugh each time she takes the stage. She has three stand-up specials on Netflix, “Baby Cobra” (2016), “Hard Knock Wife” (2018), and “Don Wong” (2022), as well as the film, “Always Be My Maybe” (2019).
Her comedic style is warm, heartfelt, and honest, which makes her oh-so-relatable to her audiences. Wong continues on the up and up, and was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2020!