Stan’s new show White Famous, co-created by Jamie Foxx, detonates some serious truth bombs about fame and race. It follows an African-American comedian, Floyd Mooney (Jay Pharoah), and his showbusiness misadventures as he navigates the crossover from famous within his niche to actually “white famous”.
Many of the best sitcoms of all time revolve around stand-up comics, and it’s hardly surprising. Comics bring to the small screen a fully evolved persona, and in creating a vehicle for themselves they’ll often gravitate to their own lives for inspiration.
As the following list shows, it’s certainly rich terrain. These are characters who are starving for attention and validation (or for that matter, actual food); trying to find material in the minutiae of daily life; and attempting to play the fame game without losing their nerve or credibility. These shows are all funny and true – and ultimately, funny because they’re true.