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Def Comedy Jam

Def Comedy Jam
Created by Russell Simmons
Stan Lathan
Presented by Martin Lawrence
Queen Latifah
Joe Torry
D.L. Hughley
Ricky Harris
Adele Givens
Cedric The Entertainer
Dave Chappelle
Starring Various
Country of origin USA
Executive producer(s) Russell Simmons
Stan Lathan
Running time N/A
Original channel HBO[1]
Original release July 1, 1992 – January 1, 1997;
September 10, 2006 – 2008
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Def Comedy Jam is a HBO television series produced by Russell Simmons.[2][3][4]

The series had its original run from July 1, 1992 to January 1, 1997. The show returned on HBO's fall lineup in 2006. Def Comedy Jam helped to launch the careers of several African-American stand-up comedians.[5]


The show was criticized for excessive foul language and negative representations of African Americans.[6][7]


The show produced a spinoff called Loco Slam.[8]


  • The series was spoofed on In Living Color in its "Lesser Known Moments of Black History" where a janitor hurts himself on stage and shouts obscenities to himself, causing the audience to roar with laughter, thus "inventing" the show. Another reference was "Def Strawberry Jam", endorsed by Russell Simmons.
  • It has been spoofed on "Saturday Night Live" as having the "Def Magic Show", which was shown after the Def Comedy Jam.


The show is currently available in DVD boxsets in the USA and the UK.[9]


  1. "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam". Entertainment Weekly. 1992-03-06. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  2. Williams, Frank B. (1997-03-13). "STAGE; Totally 'Def'; Spinoff of HBO's hit comedy showcase comes to CSUN". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  3. "Has Black Comedy Been Beaten Blue? : 'Def Comedy Jam' is a hit--but with some African American comics turning to cable shows that limit the raunchiness, clean and subtle could be the wave of the future". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  4. O'Connor, John J. (1993-07-08). "Review/Television; Onstage at the Outer Limits of the Outrageous". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  5. Braxton, Greg (1992-08-06). "LAUGHZ N THE HOOD : Television: A showcase for unknown black comics, 'Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam' begins its second season Friday on HBO.". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  6. Braxton, Greg (1994-02-20). "To Critics of 'South Central': What a Joke : Television: The Fox series has been accused of perpetuating stereotypes about blacks and violence. But where are the protests over HBO's 'Def Comedy Jam'? That's no laughing matter.". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  7. O'Connor, John J. (1994-07-31). "TELEVISION VIEW;The Curse of Incessant Cursing". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  8. Braxton, Greg (1994-02-20). "Loco Hopes to Hit Grand Slam for Latinos". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  9. "Def Comedy Jam Classics, Vols. 1 and 2". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 

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