FEATURE: I Ain’t No Joke – 11 Rappers That Should Do Stand-Up

Rule No. 1 in surviving in the entertainment industry is having more than one hustle. Rappers have been hip to that for a minute—launching labels, clothing lines, fragrances and acting careers. Lately it seems like comedians have started to follow suit by picking up the mic. Instead of droppin’ funny lines, though, they’re spittin’ hot ones.

Funnyman Katt Williams signed with Dipset as an artist back in 2005. Although that never resulted in an album, Katt has dropped sporadic records since then—including his Young Gunz dis track “Palm Pilot” with Game. Ice Cube’s comedic homie Mike Epps has gotten in on the act as well. Just last month he teamed up with Young Dro and Durrough for the Nitti-produced “Ain’t You You.”

Longtime jokester Affion Crockett has made a steady name for himself in hip-hop circles with his music video spoofs of everyone from Jay-Z to Kanye West that reveals he got a little flow, too.

With all these comedians impeding on rappers’ turf, XXLMag.com decided to compile a list of witty MCs with the comedic chops to return the favor. These rappers ain’t no joke, but if they play their cards right they could get laughs or die tryin’. —Anslem Samuel

YUNG BERG

Already the laughing stock of the industry, Berg could transform his punching bag image into a good thing. Physical comedy made the Three Stooges a household name and we’re sure the often-abused rapper could find two willing rhyming partners to slap him around stage just for the hell of it.

GHOSTFACE

With an affinity for nursery rhymes, graphic sex talk and tall tales, Ghost is like the hip-hop version of Andrew Dice Clay. Already putting his charismatic personality and subtle sense of humor on display with his online series, Wizdom of the Week, Starks could easily be the next Bad Boy of Comedy.

LIL’ MAMA

After crashin’ Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” performance at this year’s VMA’s, Lil’ Mama is already considered more of a joke. Why not use that to her advantage by embracing the constant laughter and jeers. Who knows, she might eventually become hip-hop’s original Queen Princess of Comedy. Let’s just hope she doesn’t try to hop on stage in the middle of Mo’Nique’s set ’cause big mama don’t play that.

CAM’RON

During the course of his career, Cam has been responsible for some of hip-hop’s funniest sayings and one-liners. From calling out Jay-Z for wearing chancletas and coining the phrase “swagger jacker” to turning 50 Cent’s government name into a chant (“show some courtesy, Cuuurtiiis”), doggie definitely knows how to keep the laughs coming. Comedy Central should holla at Cam for their next celebrity roast.

BIZ MARKIE

Biz might be one of the original Kings of Hip-Hop Comedy. At the start of his career, the Juice Crew member made a name for himself with jokey records like “Pickin’ Boogers,” “The Dragon” and “T.S.R. (Toilet Stool Rap)” and hilarious music videos. What better way for the rap veteran to make a comeback than by putting his comedic skills to use on the stand-up circuit.

KANYE WEST

Never afraid to say what’s on his mind and always in the middle of some sort of controversy, Kanye would make a perfect comic. He’s already got the witty lyrics and thick skin to do a one-man stand-up special. With 808s & Heartbreaks he proved that he could make a platinum-selling disc of AutoTune hits; so why couldn’t ’Ye produce a successful comedy album, as well? Just give a Black man a chance.

EMINEM

Em has never had any qualms about displaying his sick sense of humor. His albums are chockfull of twisted punch lines and he even allowed himself to be the butt of the joke when “Bruno” dropped down from the ceiling during this year’s MTV Movie Awards. After holding his own against veteran funnyman Tracy Morgan at the VMA’s, there’s no doubt that Em could throw some serious shade on the comedy game.

FLAVOR FLAV

For the past few years, the rapper-turned-reality-TV-star has made the ladies and audiences laugh at his crazy antics and catch phrases. Transitioning into full-time comedy is a no brainer. With his Viking hat and various clocks, he already has set props and could easily fill that Carrot Top lane. Besides Flav’s a natural for “physical” comedy, because let’s face it, physically he looks pretty funny.

REDMAN & METHOD MAN

Known for their outrageous music videos, Red and Meth are longtime funnymen that actually have a leg up on the comedy competition. Remember the dynamic duo’s pilot for their MTV series Stung, where they pranked hip-hop stars and fans? Well, if Ashton Kutcher hadn’t swagger jacked their idea a year later, Red and Meth could’ve been hip-hop’s Abbott and Costello.

50 CENT

50’s affinity for cracking jokes on rap rivals is infamous. So much so, the G-Unit general has made a career of ending careers with his punch lines and hilarious online clips. In fact, his “Pimpin’ Curly” character—who narrated a sex tape featuring one of Rick Ross’s baby mamas—was voted 50’s best online skit in a recent XXLMag.com reader poll. Already known as the SoundScan Killer, Curtis the Comedian would knock ’em dead with a Vegas stand-up act. 50 always has the last laugh anyway.

 

Bonus: Peep this behind the scenes clip from real comedian Katt Williams’ new DVD Pimpadelic.

  • SG

    first

  • spencer

    The Game is the funniest rapper out there.

  • Inquiring Mind

    Slow news day huh xxl

  • http://xxl ryan

    cam’ron and ghostface would be the only ones that would actually make me laugh because their personalities seem more authentic than those other fools.

  • beaver

    hahahaaaaaa..

  • venemez

    Where is Luda… dudes a funny mofo.

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    cam and red and meth (come on how high and all them skits. 50 cent is corny.

  • B Sting

    Have 50′s punch lines really ended careers? Really?

    • s de n***

      @ B Sting MUDER INC AS A WHOLE

  • Mr. North

    Cam
    Red
    Meth
    Manny Fresh
    Dj Paul and Juicy J.
    Ghost is too hilarious tho. “That oatmeal’ll hold you down!”

  • latino heat

    good to see Kat Williams back doing his thing after loosing his damn mind last year.

  • gIFT

    mR. nORTH i FEEL U ON THAT MANNIE FRESH SHIT. dUDE IS HILARIOUS WIT SOME OF THE SHIT HE BE SAYIN. wHAT ABOUT PIMP C. (rip) NO DISRESPECT, BUT HE WAS ONE OF THE MOST COMEDIC CATS ON THE MIC. xxl DID ANOTHER COLUMN ON PIMP A WHILE BACK. bUSTA IS MISSING TOO FOLX…

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      Co-sign Busta. And Ludacris.

      Fail for every site wanting to post a list now…

    • Mr. North

      Haha I was going to put Pimp C on my list since he is one of my top 10 artist. The thing with C is that all the funny sh*t he said he was always Serious…lol Not joking, and he did not have a lot of comedic skits like the other guys mentioned. He is one of the funnies tho no doubt.

  • mfastow

    You left off Freekey Zekey. Jim Jones too, although Freekey is the funniest Harlemite of the crew.

    A lot of those old BME cliq/TVT heads are real funny: Lil’ Jon, Ying Yang Twins, Bohagon. Don’t sleep.

  • JerryJ

    T-Pain anyone??

  • BIGNAT

    wtf cam should be number one from the funny ass skits on his albums. the songs that he does and for the movie killa season. 50 can work comedy to he has good timing him and cam could do something. berg don’t work that lil homie just a punchline mwhahahahah

  • iu

    sean price is dead funny

    • HERM

      C/S Sean P!

      “Sorta wack like Hancock movie, shorty dropped to her knees saying ‘hand cock to me.’”

      That line had me rolling. Real clever haha.

  • money mitch

    I agree with pimp c lol when he was talkin’ about ne-yo wearin’ make up

    “niggas lookin’ like they just ate a bbq pork chop sandwich with no hands”

    that shit had me rollin’!!

  • http://xxlmag.com Blakout615

    “Im at the Wafflehouse,waitress said watch ya mouth/ Girl talkin while she eating,I said watch ya mouth”- Cam aka funniest rapper alive
    Jeezy a funny mofo too,even tho he dont try to be

  • http://nfl.com Double-up

    Leave the lists to Complex Magazine. You guys just aren’t funny.

  • J Dizzle

    You forgot my man Mos Def… Kid’s hilarious.

  • ChRi$

    ALL OF SLAUGHTERHOUSE & D12!!!

    50
    Cam
    Eminem
    The Game
    Ghostface
    Red & Meth

    AND DEFINITELY WITHOUT A DOUBT…SEAN PRICE!!

  • Eric

    Luda the funniest one. peep the niggaz videos

  • Eric

    “you think its all practical jokes and big bloopers/but i smack bitches wit no titties that work at Hooters!”

    Plus the “Ho” song — one of the funniest songs ever.

    Luda hands down.

  • http://www.ronmexicocity.com Ron Mexico

    my obligatory devin the dude mention

  • http://www.ronmexicocity.com Ron Mexico

    and hell yes on mannie fresh and ludacris. them niggas hilarious.

    big pun had an incredible sense of humor as well.

    very few rappers have ever made me laugh harder than j-zone.

    eazy-e told a good limerick every now and then. too short is funny as fuck. e-40 can’t not sound funny. a lot of comedians on the west coast.

    • El Tico Loco

      Co Sign Jzone but Al Shid and Celph Titled be having me rollin too (no e)

      “I seen players forfeit when they see Huggy and Shiddy
      Cause we don’t see eye to eye like Ray Charles and Stevie
      Believe me, when I roll your squad’s foldin
      What I produce’ll have niggas sayin “Holy Shit!” like God’s colon”

  • Sixpointdwella

    They forgot to put Devin the Dude on there, he funnier than all them…

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  • djthreat

    em was already in funny people. hes hilarious.

  • Toya

    While I get what the author of this article is saying, the rappers that I think really do have a great sense of humor and have some actual comedic talent are:
    Method Man & Redman (you’d get that from their short-lived TV show)
    LL Cool J
    50 Cent (love Pimpin Curly)
    Eminem
    T.I.
    Ludacris

  • dric flair

    Cam in the “wet wipes” video with jj walker. lmfao how he moves his hand like he scratchin a record.

  • mak

    Snoop was funny, and you missed Luda XXL. Missed that one

    Kanye to me isn’t funny. A clown and hella annoying

  • Chris S

    BIZARRE!!

  • chris

    Luda funny…but T.I. hardcore funny…Lil Wayne too…TI say…u got an alligator mouth with an humming bird ass/ your mouth writing checks that your ass caint cash/ 145 and im outta your weight class/wonna survive betta scramble like eggs and break fast/luda say no ass and spandex is a turn off bitch…wayne says…yea um nasty bitch what lil wayne now all these hoes tryna save a nigga cum stains

  • Fly $ociety corey

    The game is a funny nigga too “no on the conner got swagga like u noone on the corner is fucking 42″ Game diss to jay Z

  • u already

    fabolous was on the cover twice (once with the dream, once with def jam’s roster) and even he didn’t get on this list. great list…real great.

  • yodough

    Yo yall forgot jim jones and max b. birdman is pretty funny too

  • ThiaZ

    What about Game?

  • http://w GO-Getta’

    Co-sign that Jim Jones & Max B,hell of funny.

    Em is’nt tryin’ 2 b’ a comedian un4funately he is listen 2 “beautiful” track
    Fiddy is runnin’ this sh*t!

    It’s a wrap peps!!!

  • realtalker

    50 funnier than all them niggas.. pimpin curly was my shit

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Devin the Dude…….How could XXL miss that shit!!!

  • El Tico Loco

    How did anybody forget Phonte? c’mon son! Percy Miracles alone is hilarious.

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  • dip*pbnj

    where can i get tickets

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    hands down eminem is by far the funniest dude in rap,you aint heard half the funny shit he has got till you hear some of his old underground shit.plus luda is right up there with him.these two are fit to be comedians.what they say in their rhymes just comes off naturally funny.most other rappers just try too hard.

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    Wow I’m literally the first reply to this great read!?