• Tajuana TJ Butler-Jackson

My Top 5 (Comedians)

Updated: Nov 6, 2018



I love to laugh! My sisters joke that I often come off as a little reserved. (Maybe sometimes, but not always, but that's a conversation for another time.) Anyways, when I am seated in an audience, or even in front of a television screen and a standup comedian is masterfully working the audience with captivating stories that tie into cleverly weaved punchlines, I find myself laughing so hard that my stomach and cheeks hurt. I appreciate the thought and skill that it takes to put the right combination of story and joke together to amuse so many different personalities.


My husband, Rob, and I recently found ourselves discussing our top 5 standup comedians of all times. We determined that our choices couldn't be chosen by the how funny they were in any particular movie that we liked, by how well they have marketed themselves, or any public woes they may have dealt with in their personal lives. Our choices had to be based solely on their standup skills. This was tough to do, but we each finally narrowed our choices down. But we threw out names like Earthquake, Bernie Mac, Robin Harris, Redd Foxx, Chris Tucker, Chris Rock and Gary Owen. We realized that there have been some really good comedians out there, but we finally forced ourselves to choose 5 (or maybe 6).


So, Rob's Top 5 Standup Comedians are:

1. Richard Pryor

2. Eddie Murphy

3. Martin Lawrence

4. Dave Chapelle

5. Arnez J

(honorable mention: Gary Holcomb)


My Top 5 Standup Comedians are (in no particular order):

1. Kevin Hart

2. Martin Lawrence

3. Dave Chapelle

4. Richard Pryor

5. Jamie Foxx

(honorable mention: Kat Williams)


So, who are your favorite comedians. What is your Top 5?


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About TJ >

I founded Lavelle Publishing in 1997 with the release of my first poetry book, The Desires of A Woman: Poems Celebrating Womanhood. I was 26 years old. I published my second book Sorority Sisters in 1998. Sorority Sisters was picked up by Villard Books, a division of Random House and rereleased in 2000. Over 80,000 copies have been sold. So much has happened in my life since the release of my first books. I am thankful for the twist and turns that has been my journey. My life lessons have made me wiser, more grounded and more secure in who I am. One thing that I have realized is that not only do I love to write, but I like to express my writing through different genres. As you explore my site, you will see what I mean.

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