5: Mark Curry

If I could count the number of days I stayed home from school to watch Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper

4: Luenell Campbell

A true original, Campbell graduated from Castro Valley High School. Not only does she know how to steal the show in Hollywood, she has starred in theatrical works like A Raisin in the Sun and The Color Purple.

3: Moshe Kasher

A North Oakland Hasid, his autobiography’s title is Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16.

2: Chelsea Peretti

She discovered Moshe Kasher, and, like Luenell Campbell, is full of both sexy and hilarious.

1: Paul Mooney

Equal parts philosopher, ghostwriter, and political activist, Paul Mooney will make you laugh if you can laugh at yourself. Without him, there’d be no Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, or Dave Chappelle. “Everyone is Black in the dark.”

Who’s your favorite?

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