One of the biggest events in the comedy world each year is Variety‘s unveiling of their annual 10 Comics To Watch feature. The issue is usually released during the last week of Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival, which holds a cocktail reception for the newly anointed comedians.
If my memory is correct, Variety keeps the list closely guarded until the actual issue (with accompanying profiles on each comic) is released. However, the list of comedians appeared on the back of Monday’s issue. And comedian and Chelsea Lately regular Sarah Colonna earlier today tweeted the list. “Variety’s annual 10 Comics to Watch list announced (Official issue out 7/25). I’m excited! (cc: @robdelaney),” her tweet read, referring to her inclusion on the list, which you can see below.
And about the list, itself: there’s not too much to complain about. Jillian Bell is a former Saturday Night Live scribe and currently appears on Comedy Central’s hit series Workaholics. Kurt Braunohler has been a well-respected stand-up for years and currently hosts the mock game show Bunk on IFC. Sarah Colonna, as I mentioned, is a regular on Chelsea Lately (and more importantly one of the show’s writers, and so appears on After Lately) as well as an author. Rob Delaney is, of course, a stand-up comedian and writer who rose to relative fame due to his never-not-funny Twitter account. Lil Rel Howery is a Chicago comedian whose been cast on the upcoming rebooted version of In Living Color.
Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld (aka Jake and Amir) are College Humor’s flagship personalities, as they star in videos, host live events and write for the site. Moshe Kasher? Well, we named him a Comic To Watch back in 2009 and listed his 2008 album as one of the 10 best of the year. This year he published his outstanding memoir Kasher in the Rye. Joe Mande is a stellar comic who, until recently, was based in New York City. He just moved to Los Angeles take a job as a writer on NBC’s Parks and Recreation!
Rory Scovel released his debut album earlier this year, but established himself as a highly sought-after comedian years ago. He’s even appeared in a pair of high-profile, national car commercials. And finally, there’s Jessica Williams, a UCB alum who became a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart this year.
What do you think of this year’s list? Did Variety overlook anyone?