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Laughter is great for the soul! Though April brings the springtime showers, it also brings about great joy.  In honor of National Humor Month, we curated a list of our favorite stand-up specials from Black comedians.

Mental health professionals say that laughter is the best medicine. You can’t go wrong with celebrating one of the most essential qualities to human life – humor. Author and humorist, Larry Wilde, started National Humor Month in April 1976, as a much needed reminder of how valuable laughter is to the soul. He created this month with the idea to bring about public awareness of the therapeutic value of humor.

Humor is a useful tool to improve our ways of life.

“The idea of laughing and the use of humor as a tool to lift ailing spirits is growing,” Wilde stated about the month’s celebratory significance. “Scientific research now indicates that the curative power of laughter and its ability to relieve debilitating stress and burnout may indeed be one of the great medical discoveries of our times.”

Through laughter, we help alleviate stress and pain levels, strengthen our immune systems and recharge our bodies. Humor plays an important role in our overall health. Scientific research shares that it heals us emotionally and physically. Laughter is part of human behavior regulated by the brain. It is an expression of happiness and internal joy. Laughter is contagious and in social settings, it’s a sign of acceptance and positive interactions with others.

To celebrate a month of laughs and raise awareness on the importance of humor, check out this list of comedy specials from Back comedians below.

Watch: 15 Hilarious Comedy Specials To Celebrate National Humor Month [List]  was originally published on globalgrind.com

1. Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979)

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Stream on Netflix. 

2. Dave Chappelle: Killin’ Them Softly (2000)

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Stream on HBO Max.

3. Def Comedy Jam 25 (2017)

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Stream on Netflix. 

4. Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado (2016)

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Stream on Netflix. 

5. Gina Yashere: Laughing to America (2013)

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Stream on Netflix. 

6. Total Blackout: The Tamborine Extended Cut (2021)

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Stream on Netflix. 

7. Yvonne Orji: Momma, I Made It! (2020)

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Stream on HBO Max. 

8. Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin’ (2019)

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Stream on HBO Max. 

9. Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah (2019)

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10. Mike Epps: Indiana Epps

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Stream on Netflix. 

11. Martin Lawerence: Runteldat (2002)

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Stream on Hulu. 

12. Eddie Murphy: Delirious (1983)

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Stream on Pluto or Tubi for free. 

13. Chris Tucker Live (2015)

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Stream on Netflix. 

14. Cedric the Entertainer: Live from the Ville (2016)

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Stream on Netflix. 

15. Deon Cole: Cole Hearted (2019)

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Stream on Netflix.