12 Really Good African American Comedy Movies on Netflix Right Now
Comedy has always been a popular genre in film, dating back to the early days of the medium. While comedies are often amusing, they can also be socially meaningful and address themes that other genres would avoid. Despite the genre’s popularity, minorities were never adequately represented in American comedy in the past. Netflix has a great collection of movies from almost all genres.
Spike Lee was another actor who rose to prominence in the late 1980s. Lee’s sophomore feature, ‘Do The Right Thing,’ (1989), wowed viewers in the United States by depicting the lives of black and other minority people in a way that had never been done before. When it comes to comedies with black casts, we’ve collected a list of some of the best examples. Here’s a list of Netflix’s best black comedy movies that are now available to watch.
Table Of Content
- 1 2 Alone in Paris (2008)
- 2 The After Party (2018)
- 3 Deidra and Laney Rob a Train (2017)
- 4 Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
- 5 The Incredible Jessica James (2017)
- 6 The Lovebirds (2020)
- 7 Mac and Devin Go To High School (2012)
- 8 Naked (2017)
- 9 She’s Gotta Have It (1986)
- 10 Sister Code (2015)
- 11 Sextuplets (2019)
- 12 The Wedding Party (2016)
2 Alone in Paris (2008)
Only two individuals are alive in this humorous post-apocalyptic drama set in Paris. One of them is a cop who has been on the lookout for a legendary robber for years, while the other is the crook himself. Gervais is the name of the former, and Curtis is the name of the criminal. The hostility between the two continues even after the apocalypse, but as they discover they are the only two survivors, they resolve to start treating civilly with one another. The visual effects of the film have been praised. The film’s depiction of a post-apocalyptic Paris has also been acclaimed by critics. The film’s principal stars are Ramzy Bedia and Eric Judor, and it is directed by Ramzy Bedia.
The After Party (2018)
The narrative of a rapper striving to make it big in the music industry is told in ‘The After Party.’ His name is Owen, and his manager is Jeff, a boyhood friend from school who is urgently attempting to find him gigs or a record deal. Jeff does get Owen into a big show, but he passes out on stage and pukes on Khalifa. This comedy explores the necessities of a modern rapper and demonstrates how difficult it is to break into the music industry. The film’s two main characters are played by Kyle Harvey and Harrison Holzer. Ian Edelman is the director.
Deidra and Laney Rob a Train (2017)
This is Sydney Freeland’s second feature film. It’s the story of two little girls whose mother has been arrested and who also have to care for a younger sibling. Deidre, the oldest, believes she requires funds to ensure that her siblings are not placed in foster care and to bail out her mother. She believes the only way she can accomplish this is if she can rob a train. The film, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival before being released on Netflix, is funny.
Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
‘Dolemite Is My Name,’ directed by Craig Brewer, is Eddie Murphy’s long-awaited return to mainstream cinema. Murphy plays 1970s stand-up comedian Rudy Ray Moore in the critically praised film. Moore is best remembered for his roles in the 1975 comedy ‘Dolomite’ and its sequels, ‘The Human Tornado’ and ‘The Return of Dolemite.’ This is, without a doubt, Murphy’s best and most personal performance. ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ is a tribute to showmanship and an artist’s natural desire to amuse their audience. Moore works at a radio store at the start of the film and wants to reach out to more people. He dresses up in gaudy attire, calls himself a Dolemite, and performs ‘The Signifying Monkey,’ an unpolished but still amusing act. Murphy received multiple awards for his performance as Dolemite, including several Best Actor nominations.
The Incredible Jessica James (2017)
‘Incredibles 2’ Jessica James is a story about a strong-willed woman named Jessica who is struggling to get over her recent breakup with her partner. Jessica is a children’s drama instructor, and as she attempts to reclaim her life, she meets a man with whom she enjoys spending time. Boone is his name, and he is divorced. Both of them, though, continue to stalk their ex-partners. Jessica’s life troubles are explored in the film, as well as her emotional state. The film has gotten positive reviews, with some critics claiming Jessica Williams to be one of Hollywood’s best black actors.
The Lovebirds (2020)
Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) and Leilani’s (Issa Rae) four-year relationship appears to be coming to an end in Michael Showalter’s romantic action comedy “The Lovebirds.” Exhausted by their incessant bickering, the two resolve to part ways amicably. Jibran ends up knocking over a cyclist with his car shortly after the split. The man, however, departs before they can assist him. Another man appears out of nowhere, claims to be a police officer, and drives away with Jibran’s car, killing the first man. The second man is about to murder Jibran and Leilani when the police arrive, forcing him to flee. Despite Jibran’s desire to surrender to the police, Leilani warns that they will most likely be held responsible for everything. The former couple soon understands that if they are to survive this awful situation, they must work together.
Mac and Devin Go To High School (2012)
Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, two of hip-biggest hop’s names, play the main characters in this film. Mac is the name of Snoop’s character. He has been failing examinations for over a decade because he is uninterested in studying and prefers to smoke marijuana instead. Devin is played by Wiz, who is a diligent and hardworking student who eventually becomes friends with Mac. As a result, he begins to use marijuana. When they are partnered up for a science project, they get to hang out together. Despite the film’s lack of critical praise, it is worth watching for the epic combination of these two rap legends.
‘Naked,’ directed by Michael Tiddes, was published on Netflix in 2017. Rob Anderson, played by Marlon Wayans, is a teacher at a school who is hesitant to accept a full-time teaching position. Megan, his girlfriend, is a successful doctor, and the two are planning to marry soon. However, on the day of his wedding, Rob becomes imprisoned in a time loop and must use a variety of strategies to break free and be at the church on time. Rob’s girlfriend is played by Regina Hall.
She’s Gotta Have It (1986)
Spike Lee made his directorial debut with this film, and it immediately established that he had a distinct voice. The story follows a woman who is dating three men at the same time and has no desire to settle down. The three men, on the other hand, learn of her predicament and confront her. The film is about the decisions that women must make in a male-dominated world. It was well-received by critics and spawned a TV series of the same name. Spike Lee established himself as one of the most influential directors of the 1980s thanks to this film. Lee went on to make films like ‘Do The Right Thing’ (1989), ‘Malcolm X’ (1992), and others that were hugely influential. Tracy Camilla Johns portrays the leading lady in the film.
Sister Code (2015)
This film, made by Corey Grant in 2015, depicts the narrative of three ladies who run their lives while dealing with their inter-personal issues following their mother’s death. One sister is a caring and loving soul, another is a spirit floating through the air carefree, and the third is a successful businesswoman. Fans and audiences alike have given the film mixed reviews.
‘Sextuplets,’ the first film on this list featuring Marlon Wayans, depicts the story of Alan, a soon-to-be parent. He chooses to track for his birth mother after feeling the burden of approaching parenthood. When he discovers he was born with five siblings, his search has an unintended consequence. He then decides to track down everyone of them before becoming a father himself. Wayans is actively attempting to establish himself in the same category as Eddie Murphy and Dave Chappelle, both of whom have portrayed many roles on-screen at the same time. Unfortunately, the film received mostly unfavorable reviews after its debut, but that hasn’t stopped Wayans from making bizarre comedies in the future.
The Wedding Party (2016)
‘The Wedding Party’ is not a Hollywood production. It is derived from the Nigerian film industry, often known as Nollywood. The film gives us a glimpse into Nigerian society and shows how, in certain social contexts, we are all essentially the same. The film centres around a wedding party, as the title suggests. Dunni Coker and Dozzi Onwuka are both wealthy and successful, and they throw a lavish wedding reception. Both the bride’s and groom’s families and friends attend in huge numbers. As the day progresses, issues arise between some of the attendees, including the couple. The entire film has a lovely, hilarious tone to it. It is only eclipsed by its sequel as the highest-grossing Nollywood film of all time. This film is directed by Kemi Adetiba.