Eddie Murphy

Kym Whitley is probably your favorite funny black woman. You just may not know her name.

Kym Whitley is probably your favorite funny black woman. You just may not know her name.

Behind just about every comedian in film or TV, there’s a funny black woman rolling her neck. And very often that woman is Kym Whitley, a bona-fide scene stealer.

Just take a look at her recurring role as Gertie opposite Mo’Nique in “The Parkers” or as Ormandy, the man-eating, straight-talking hairdresser opposite Gabrielle Union in “Deliver Us From Eva.”

Even her latest role, as the aunt of Lena Waithe’s Denise in the much-talked-about “Thanksgiving” episode of “Master of None’s” second season, is one of the best parts of an already impactful character arc.

As is often the case with black women in Hollywood, you undoubtedly know her face, just maybe not her name. But...

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