24. Dick Gregory
Another influential comedian before his time, Dick Gregory was one of the first African-American funnymen to change the way that the public viewed black people in comedy back in the 1960s. Comedy at the time had only ever been influenced by minstrel shows that promoted offensive stereotypes. His act was absolutely controversial at the time because of the subject matter, but one of the best things about him is that he managed to keep it all respectful. Through his jokes, he was trying to convey how ridiculous racism and segregation was.
One such quote: “I am really enjoying the new Martin Luther King Jr, stamp. Just think about all those white bigots, licking the backside of a black man.” True BAMF.