We know how much everyone loves lists! On the eve of Montreal’s New Faces showcase (starting tonight), Variety released its annual list of Top 10 Comics to Watch. Each year, Variety tends to be a great indicator of the industry’s best young stars in the world of comedy. So let’s take a look, shall we?
This 24-year old North Carolina native moved to LA in 2008 where he quickly moved up the open mic ladder. He soon became a regular at workout rooms and then passed at the legendary Comedy Store.
Chris has had an amazing year of comedy. Last fall he landed a recurring role on TBS’s short-lived Glory Days. His half-hour Comedy Central Presents aired this past Spring and now you’ll be able to see him on the new sitcom Whitney (co-starring and created by comedian Whitney Cummings) on NBC this Fall.
Once he gets the microphone settled down, Josh delivers a unique brand of stand-up comedy. He’s originally from Oklahoma but he has trained at the UCB in LA and The Groundlings. You may recognize him from his appearances on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Reno 911!, and The Whitest Kids U’ Know. Josh made Comedy Central’s list Comics to Watch for 2010. Which career-altering list might we expect to see him on next year?
The first half of 2011 has been and exciting one for Pete Holmes. The New Yorker cartoonist was seen on Conan and returned to the John Oliver Stand-Up Show on Comedy Central for a second season. Kid Farm, the web series he created with comedienne Jamie Lee, was bought by Atom.com and aired a six-episode first season this summer. He’s also the voice from the famous e-Trade baby commercials.
Thomas is a native Canadian but began his comedy career full time in Chicago when he studied with Second City. Middleditch brings his zany characters to the stage, whether it be Dan Evans or Gillermo and Il Papaccino. He has moved to New York where he can be seen frequently at the Upright Citizens Brigade and The Creek & The Cave.
The musically-talented funnyman from Australia hit Stateside television screens, performing on Conan and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. His songs and beat poetry take a somewhat political tone, pointing out the humor in politics and social absurdity. Minchin offers an international variety for this year’s Variety list.
Amy Schumer is a favorite of New York, a favorite of LaughSpin’s, and now a favorite of Variety’s! It has been a busy year for Schumer. She landed a co-hosting gig on Fuse TV for A Different Spin. She wrote an essay and posed nude in Cosmopolitan and her debut comedy album, Cutting, came well reviewed by many (including us!). Schumer is not just a comedian “to watch” she’s a comedian you should have already been watching!
Rebel Wilson’s scene-stealing performance in Kristin Wiig’s Bridesmaids brought her American notice this summer. Comedic acting is not her only talent. The stand-up comic from Down Under made her US talk show debut on Conan in May and was a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in June. Keep your eyes out for this funny lady as she has been shooting several comedy projects. Expect to see more of her stand-up act as well!
This native Texan has been performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade in LA since the doors opened. The stand-up comedian has opened for for Sarah Silverman, Louis C.K. and B.J. Novak. Wittels has written for many hilarious shows such as The Sarah Silverman Program and Parks and Recreation. He will also write for the third season of Eastbound and Down.
Ali Wong has been nothing short than spectacular. Making her first appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno just this month, Wong has been making great and lasting impressions over the last few years. She was named Best Comedian of 2009 by SF Weekly and named one of Comedy Central’s Seven Comics to Watch in 2010. Wong’s raw and raunchy comedy makes her a must-watch when she is in your hometown!