stereotype. This stereotype, I believe, originated
from the fact that much of our culture
has a subtle racist slant to it. I will point out that we have come very far. Mostly, Funny Black Man is only used in that dimension during film
s from earlier in the century. During the mid to late 90's, Funny Black Man would develope a recognizable personality
and become an actual character.
In any case, Funny Black Man is typefied by the fact that he's simply that, the humourous person of African-American descent. No other dimensions to the character are usually explored. He or she is simply there as window dressing. A "Look, we can include minorities" bone toss. It's also an attempt, in my estimation to make white folks feel comfortable with black folks by making them humorous. I won't comment on the sociological implications of this attempt.
De'voreaux White (Argyle the Limo Driver) in Die Hard. LL Cool J in Deep Blue Sea (though look to funny fat man who dies for my comments on that movie). Chris Rock in Lethal Weapon 4.