Since it is our job to bring you the funny, we have compiled a list of the top 8 comedians you need to know about, plus an extra ½ that just barely didn’t make the list. Anyone who follows comedy should already know most of the people on this list, but for those of you who aren’t comedy nerds who spend an ungodly amount of time listening to podcasts and watching Conan, these are the 8.5 people who you need to know about, because they will be household names in no time at all.
Just barely not making it into the top 8 is Kate “The Wasp” Hendricks. She is a writer and comedian based out of New York who was a semi finalist in the 2009 California’s Funniest Female Competition, performer in the 2009 and 2010 NY Underground Comedy Festivals, and was a contestant in the 2012 Laughing Skull Festival. She can currently be seen at her monthly New York standup show, Chardonnay and Dreams, as the host of the LTV Channel in any Loews Hotels, and in her extremely popular “Kate The Wasp Goes….” web series, which is highly featured on The Huffington Post.
Landry is downright hilarious and you're sure to have a good time once you see what he does on stage. He recently was an Atlanta finalist for NBC's Stand Up For Diversity Showcase, and in 2008, just two short years after beginning his standup career, he earned a spot on TVONE's hit show "Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes?” Additionally, Landry has been heard on XM Satellite Radio and was the first winner of the Punchline Comedy Club's "64 Comedian Super Comedy Competition", as well as winning "The Boston Comedy Festival" in 2011, which is a big deal, like really big.
Over 20 million people have seen Jarrod’s popular Action Figure Therapy characters and most recently the series was named LA Weekly’s “Top Comic To Watch in 2012″. His character, Jungle, was also featured on the front page of the Huffington Post Comedy section in 2011. Jarrod has also been seen on TBS’ Lopez Tonight and Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. Campus Activities Magazine named him as one of the Hot Comics of 2009 and Top Comics to Watch in 2010. In 2009 Jarrod was final 4 at the San Francisco Comedy Competition and in 2010 was invited back for Detroit Comedy Festival’s “Best of Fest” as well as host of 2010/2011 Laughing Skull Festival. Jarrod spends his time in LA and is a regular performer at independent shows, as well as the Improvs, Comedy Store, Laugh Factory, and in 2010 had the pleasure of hosting a Comedy Death Ray show.
Andy Sandford (Aqua Teen Hunger Force), Joe Zimmerman (Rooftop Comedy’s Golden Shingle Award nominee), TJ Young (Adult Swim’s Squidbillies) and Dave Stone (2012 CMT’s Next Big Comic Semifinalist, Squidbillies) deliver an original brand of humor that’s deeply rooted in stand-up and lightly blended with avant-garde elements of music, sketch and improv. Offering a smart, quirky and refreshing twist on a traditional comedy show, the Beards frequently tour the country and currently host the popular Beards & Friends show at New York City’s The Creek and the Cave. Offstage, short films including “The Fan,” “Help,” and “Basketball” have amassed thousands of hits, with “Breakfast Banditos” even receiving feature placement on the front page of FunnyOrDie.com. In 2009, the Beards recorded Comedy for People for Rooftop Comedy Records; it continues to receive frequent airplay on SiriusXM Radio. Most recently they made their debut on The Bob & Tom Show and released second album Cardio Mix November 22 on Comedy Central Records. Individually, they are all talented comedians and can be seen performing all over the country.
After being named by Variety Magazine as one of the top 10 comics to watch in 2010, Chris Gethard has been exploding into the mainstream of the comedy world. He is known from his books, Weird New York and A Bad Idea I’m About to Do, his television program The Chris Gethard Show, which airs on New York’s public access channel, his characters in various College Humor videos, his appearances on Conan, podcast guest spots, and most recently, his roles in the films The Dictator and The Other Guys. He can currently be seen performing regularly at The UCB East in New York City for his group of loyal fans, who refer to themselves as “the Geth-tards”.
Jared Logan's contagiously giddy and cartoonish stand-up act has been wowing audiences across the country. Getting his start in Chicago, Logan recently relocated to New York City. He has appeared on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, TBS, and was a featured comic on collegehumor.com. He took home the award for Best Comedian at the Chicago Comedy Awards and won the Comedy Idol Competition in Detroit. In his free time, Logan acts as dungeon master for the best Dungeons &Dragons game in New York City.
Kurt was recently named one of Variety’s Top 10 Comics to Watch, as well as one of Time Out NY’s 50 Funniest New Yorkers, one of the Comics to Watch by Comedy Central, Best Male Stand-Up by the ECNY and Best Unscripted Host by the New York Television Festival. He can been seen on TV in Bob’s Burgers, Delocated, Comedy Central Presents (with his comedy partner, Kristen Schaal), Jon Benjamin Has a Van, Human Giant, and the anti-game show he hosts, BUNK!, on IFC.
Ever since his first television appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2007, Hari has been steadily climbing his way into the top tier of the comedy world with his hilariously intelligent style of standup. Since then, he has appeared on numerous late night programs, John Oliver’s New York Standup Show, and even had his own half hour on Comedy Central Presents in 2011. He gained a good deal of publicity after his short film, MANOJ, which openly mocks and criticizes comedians who exploit their ethnic backgrounds as a source of hacky material, was shown during the 2009 Just for Laughs festivals in Chicago and Montreal. Lucky for you, the film can be seen in its entirety below. Hari is currently a writer on Chris Rock’s FX program Totally Biased and can be seen touring the country performing standup.
A darkly-funny everyman whose shows are nonstop fun, Dave Waite has captured the hearts of comedy fans everywhere. Dave’s swagger, his honesty, and his endless supply of bizarre catchphrases have earned him a reputation as a comic’s comic with broad crossover appeal. There’s no such thing as a “typical Dave Waite show,” as his willingness to be in the moment takes his performances to places that some comedians wouldn’t dare visit. Tracks from Dave’s CDs, Kaboom! and I’m Cool With Being Third, have gotten a great deal of play time on satellite radio and Pandora. He was the winner of the 2012 Laughing Skull Festival, has appeared as a guest on The Bob & Tom Show, performed on the fourth season of Live at Gotham, and has done a set on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. He currently lives in New York City, but regularly tours comedy clubs and universities around the country.
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