Lenny Bruce – Jewish comedian who pushed the laws of what could be said
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Richard Pryor – the first big name African-American comedian
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George Carlin – famous ‘7 dirty words’ skit, and a long successful career
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Eddie Murphy – His ‘Delirious’ show made him a star and launched a film career
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Joan Rivers – sharp wit and a big mouth
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Rodney Dangerfield – king of the one-liners
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Victoria Wood – sit-com and middle class comedy
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Bill Hicks – idolised for left-wing politics and anti-religious comedy
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Chris Rock – superstar comedian with routines that go through race, parenthood and a famous gun-control rant
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Dave Chappelle – comedian who often looked at race relations
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Louis CK – Dry and deliberately hateful about the world and the stupid
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