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In a year where inflation rose, crypto crashed and even Tom Brady got dumped, it’s pretty obvious we all could use a good laugh.
Thankfully, many of the biggest names in comedy like Kevin Hart and Jerry Seinfeld will be making the rounds next year to help audiences wring some humor out of modern times.
There’s more than just Hart and Seinfeld though.
In fact, we did our homework and found 51 (!) of the biggest comics on tour in 2023.
From old school legends like Jay Leno and Paula Poundstone to up-and-coming hot shots Taylor Tomlinson and Kountry Wayne , there’s a little something for everyone.
And who knows? Maybe you’ll even get to boo Elon Musk at a show .
So, if you want to see your all-time favorite comic or discover someone new next year, here’s everything you need to know about the 51 biggest stand-up comedy tours in 2023.
The 51 biggest stand-up comedy tours in 2023
Kevin hart’s “reality check tour”.
Runs Jan. 1 through April 17 Known for Jumanji : Welcome to the Jungle , The Upside and Get Hard
Runs Jan. 5 through July 29 Known for Seinfeld , Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee and Bee Movie
Steve Martin & Martin Short’s “You Won’t Believe What They Look Like Today Tour”
Runs April 28 through Oct. 28 Known for Only Murders In The Building , Three Amigos , Saturday Night Live
Trevor Noah’s “Off The Record Tour”
Runs Jan. 20 through Dec. 7 Known for The Daily Show , hosting the Grammys, best-selling book Born A Crime
Marlon Wayans’ “Microphone Fiend Tour”
Runs Jan. 13 through May 4 Known for Scary Movie , White Chicks, The Ladykillers
Sarah Silverman’s “Grow Some Lips Tour”
Runs Jan. 27 through March 16 Known for The Sarah Silverman Program , Wreck-It Ralph , School of Rock
Kountry Wayne’s “Help Is On The Way Comedy Tour”
Runs Feb. 3 through May 27 Known for Wild ‘N Out , Holiday Heartbreak , Variety’s 2021 Comics to Watch
Ricky Gervais’ “Armageddon Tour”
Runs May 6 through July 1 Known for The Office , Extras , hosting the Golden Globes
Gabriel Iglesias’ “Back On Tour”
Runs Jan. 6 through May 27 Known for Mr. Iglesias , Magic Mike , Space Jam: A New Legacy
David Spade’s “Catch Me Inside Tour”
Runs Jan. 13 through May 6 Known for Saturday Night Live , Emperor’s New Groove , Just Shoot Me
Runs Jan. 6 through June 4 Known for The Original Kings of Comedy , The Hughleys , Dancing With The Stars
Bert Kreischer’s “Tops Off World Tour”
Runs Jan. 19 through April 8 Known for The Cabin w/ Bert Kreischer , Bert the Conqueror , “2 Bears 1 Cave” podcast
Kevin James’ “The Irregardless Tour”
Runs Jan. 21 through June 3 Known for King of Queens , Hitch , Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Jo Koy’s “World Tour”
Runs Jan. 27 through May 28 Known for Chelsea Lately , Easter Sunday , “In His Elements” Netflix special
Rob Schneider’s “I Have Issues Tour”
Runs Jan. 13 through May 20 Known for Saturday Night Live , Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo , The Hot Chick
Sebastian Maniscalco’s “Live From Vegas Tour”
Runs Jan. 6 through May 28 Known for Green Book , The Irishman , Well Done with Sebastian Maniscalco
Runs Jan. 7 through April 8 Known for The Tonight Show , Jay Leno’s Garage , The Jay Leno Show
Jim Gaffigan’s “Dark Pale Tour”
Runs Jan. 5 through Aug. 26 Known for The Jim Gaffigan Show , Bob’s Burgers , Chappaquidick
Taylor Tomlinson’s “The Have It All Tour”
Runs Jan. 13 through June 10 Known for Netflix’s Quarter-Life Crisis , podcast “Sad In The City,” The Tonight Show
Jeff Dunham’s “Still Not Cancelled Tour”
Runs Jan. 11 through May 1 Known for The Jeff Dunham Show , 11 comedy specials, The Nut Job
Nikki Glaser’s “The Good Girl Tour”
Runs Jan. 12 through June 24 Known for F Boy Island , Not Safe with Nikki Glaser , Comedy Central roast battles
Iliza Shlesinger’s “Back In Action Tour”
Runs March 10 through March 18 Known for The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show , six Netflix specials , Crank Yankers
Runs Jan. 21 through May 13 Known for Saturday Night Live , 30 Rock , The Last O.G.
Matteo Lane’s “The Al Dente Tour”
Runs Jan. 6 through May 19 Known for Guy Code , Ladylike , Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup
Fortune Feimster’s “Live Laugh Love! Tour”
Runs Jan. 6 through April 22 Known for Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar , The Mindy Project , RuPaul’s Drag Race
Runs Jan. 28 through Aug. 20 Known for Real Time with Bill Maher , Politically Incorrect , Religulous
Runs Jan. 15 through March 19 Known for Saturday Night Live , Family Guy , White Famous
Katt Williams’ “2023 and Me Tour”
Runs Jan. 13 through May 6 Known for Friday After Next , Atlanta , The Tracy Morgan Show
Jimmy Carr’s “Terribly Funny Tour”
Runs May 23 through June 24 Known for Roast Battle , Drunk History , The Fix
Russell Peters’ “Act Your Age World Tour”
Runs Jan. 5 through Feb. 5 Known for Hip-Hop Evolution , Russell Peters vs. The World , Last Comic Standing
Nate Bargatze’s “The Be Funny Tour”
Runs Jan. 12 through June 16 Known for The Tonight Show , Netflix’s The Standups , “Nateland” podcast
Sam Morril’s “The Class Act Tour”
Runs Jan. 12 through April 2 Known for America’s Got Talent , The Late Show with Stephen Colbert , Joker
Runs Jan. 13 through Feb. 11 Known for Saturday Night Live , Hubie Halloween , Toy Story 4
Neal Brennan’s “Brand New Neal Tour”
Runs April 22 through Sept. 17 Known for Chappelle’s Show , The Daily Show , Netflix’s 3 Mics special
Runs Jan. 26 through March 5 Known for Insomniac , Trainwreck , Arrested Development
Mike Birbiglia’s “The Old Man and the Pool on Broadway”
Runs Jan. 3 through Jan. 15 Known for Orange Is The New Black , Don’t Think Twice , Sleepwalk With Me
Margaret Cho’s “Live and Livid Tour”
Runs Feb. 18 through Sept. 9 Known for Face/Off , 17 Again , 30 Rock
Runs Jan. 12 through April 1 Known for The Jeselnik Offensive , Comedy Central Roasts, Last Comic Standing
Tom Papa’s “2023 Comedy Tour”
Runs Jan. 20 through May 13 Known for The Marriage Ref , The Informant! , Bee Movie
Runs Jan. 6 through June 9 Known for The Man Show , Ralph Breaks The Internet , Drawn Together
Big Jay Oakerson
Runs Jan. 5 through May 6 Known for Legion of Skanks , Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn , Crashing
Runs Jan. 4 through Feb. 25 Known for Saturday Night Live , Popstar: Never Stop Stopping , Kenan
Nimesh Patel’s “The Lucky Lefty Tour”
Runs Jan. 5 through April 23 Known for Late Night w/ Seth Meyers , Saturday Night Live writer, New York Times
Demetri Martin’s “The Joke Machine Tour”
Runs Jan. 20 through May 20 Known for Important Things with Demetri Martin , Taking Woodstock , Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
David Cross’ “Worst Daddy In The World Tour”
Runs March 3 through May 20 Known for Arrested Development , Mr. Show with Bob and David , Kung Fu Panda
Runs Jan. 19 through March 4 Known for Fourth of July , The Late Show with David Letterman , Last Comic Standing
Lewis Black’s “Off The Rails Tour”
Runs Jan. 21 through May 20 Known for The Daily Show , Inside Out , Spongebob Squarepants
Runs Jan. 26 through May 19 Known for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon , Last Comic Standing , Best Week Ever
Runs Feb. 15 through June 3 Known for Saturday Night Live , Pause with Sam Jay , Bust Down
Runs Jan. 12 through July 29 Known for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon , Loudermilk , three Netflix specials
Runs Jan. 28 through April 1 Known for A Prairie Home Companion , Wait Wait.. Don’t Tell Me , The Paula Poundstone Show
Steve-O’s “Bucket List Tour”
Runs Jan. 11 through Feb. 3 Known for Jackass , Wildboyz , Killer Karaoke
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Let's be honest, it's been a tough year for most of us. Yes, we saw the end of lockdowns and Covid restrictions, but we've emerged into a world of inflation and economic decline. Considering they say " laughter is the best medicine ," we recommend checking out a comedy show to lift your spirits. No clue who's going on tour next year? Don't worry; we've been researching and compiling a list of the necessary details. Remember the words of the comedy legend Ricky Gervais, "if you can laugh in the face of adversity, you're bullet-proof."
2023 is set to be the biggest year yet for comedy. Whether you're looking to discover a new up-and-coming comedian or want to finally tick a comedic legend off your bucket list, you are guaranteed to satisfy your laughter cravings. The one and only Jerry Seinfeld , who made it big with Seinfeld and Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, is traveling the country from January 5 - July 29. Kevin Hart's Reality Check Tour will run from January 1 until April 17 and will include a range of states. The ultimate duo, Steve Martin and Martin Short , will be entertaining the crowds from April 28 until October 28 with their You Won't Believe What They Look Like Today Tour. Whether you recently discovered them from Only Murders In the Building or have been fans since their SNL days, you're sure to have a great night.
Trevor Noah will tour from January 20 until December 7 with his Off The Record Tour, Sarah Silverman's Grow Some Lips Tour will run from January 27 until March 16, and Ricky Gervais' Armageddon Tour is scheduled for May 6 till July 1. Other huge names include Jay Leno, David Spade, Gabriel Iglesias, Marlon Wayans, Rob Schneider, Kevin James, and so many more. Google your favorite artist, and chances are, they're going on tour!
As for the lesser-known comedians, there's plenty to choose from. Taylor Tomlinson , who has risen to fame through her podcast Sad in the City and Netflix's Quater-Life Crisis , will be running The Have It All Tour from January 13 to June 10. Nikki Glaser's The Good Girl Tour is scheduled from January 12 until June 24. Well, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets now and start your 2023 the right way!
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Coming soon to a theater near you: some of the funniest comedians working today. A number of major stars are heading on comedy tours this fall, including one who's doing so for the first time in years and another who's touring for the first time period. These are the comedy tours you won’t want to miss in the coming months.
Is 2023 the year of the Tuckeraissance? After appearing in his first movie in years (Ben Affleck's "Air"), Chris Tucker announced what Live Nation noted was the comic’s first major North American tour in over a decade. His "The Legend Tour" is heading to 30 cities this fall and recently kicked off in Charleston, South Carolina. "I started my career doing stand-up in comedy clubs and it's stand-up comedy that prepared me for all of my movie roles," Tucker said. "I'm looking forward to getting back to my roots." The tour will run through Jan. 12.
He's here, he's there, he's everywhere, including a theater near you this fall. Emmy-winning "Ted Lasso" star Brett Goldstein is embarking on his very first stand-up tour . The actor's "The Second Best Night of Your Life Tour" will be in Denver on Oct. 5 before moving to Boston, Minneapolis, and more cities into December. Place your bets on how many words he gets out before dropping his first F-bomb.
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You're sure to have a good trip to see Eric André on tour this fall. The star of "The Eric Andre Show" is traveling the country on his "Eric André Explosion Tour," which recently kicked off in Los Angeles. He has a ton of upcoming dates scheduled, including in Kansas City, Chicago, Dallas, and Detroit. "Bring your ranch, your nightmares, and all your friends," the comedian said .
You can catch the popular British comedian Eddie Izzard on her " Remix Tour ," which has shows scheduled throughout the fall in the U.S. and heads to the U.K. in November. "I will be remixing the stand-up that I like the most from the first 35 years of my career," Izzard explained .
Make it a very Hubie Halloween season with Adam Sandler. The comedian recently announced a fall tour he’s calling the "I Missed You Tour," which will stop by 25 cities. "Let's have some fun," he posted on Instagram . He's kicking off the tour on Oct. 12 in Vancouver before heading to Seattle, Portland, Nampa, Spokane, and more locations around the country into December. Get ready for more than 20 crazy nights.
Sometimes two comedians are better than one, so Jerry Seinfeld and Jim Gaffigan are heading on tour together. "Jim and I met doing 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' and have been talking about doing this for years," Seinfeld said . "We finally made the schedules work out." Gaffigan, meanwhile, joked he's "so excited to help out this unknown up and upcoming comedian who many may have never heard of." After November shows in San Francisco and Inglewood, the pair will also head to Chicago and St. Louis.
Speaking of comedy duos, you can't get much better than Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who announced their first-ever comedy tour together in February. Their "Restless Leg Tour" is continuing into the fall with shows scheduled for Cleveland, Denver, Austin, and more cities into December.
Have you seen Chelsea lately? If not, check out the schedule for her ongoing " Little Big Bitch Tour ," which has shows set throughout the fall in New York, California, and plenty of cities in between.
A certain tall child is also headed on tour this fall with some good friends. John Mulaney will be performing shows with his friend Pete Davidson, who has his own solo tour dates scheduled as well, in October and November. But for some shows, Mulaney’s “John & Pete” show will be “Jon & John,” as Mulaney has a few performances scheduled with former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart in New York and California. How’s that for a deal: two Jo(h)ns for the price of one?
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Rush hour! Chris Tucker sets Legend Tour for fall with two stops in the L.A. area
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It’s official: Actor-comedian Chris Tucker will embark on his first major North American tour since 2011.
The “Air” and “Rush Hour” star will embark on a 30-date tour in North Charleston, S.C., early next month. He’ll hit two Los Angeles-area locations in October before wrapping the tour in January 2024, Live Nation announced Wednesday.
The “Def Comedy Jam” alum will headline his “The Legend Tour” at the YouTube Theater in Inglewood on Oct. 4 and perform at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Oct. 7. He’ll also do an earlier California gig at the Paramount Theatre-Oakland on Sept. 30. He will also go to Toronto, Nashville, Philadelphia and Phoenix before closing the tour on Jan. 12 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.
“I started my career doing stand-up in comedy clubs and it’s stand-up comedy that prepared me for all of my movie roles,” Tucker said in a statement to The Times. “I’m looking forward to getting back to my roots. I love performing live, there’s nothing like the energy of a live crowd and making people laugh. I’m excited to be back out on tour.”
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In an April interview with The Times , Tucker said that being on the road keeps him sharp and is a lifeline to his fans, even though the comedy landscape has changed drastically since his 2011 tour and 2015 Netflix comedy special, “Chris Tucker Live.” That special was taped at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta and tackled dating and aging and showcased his impression of singer and close friend Michael Jackson.
“My style of comedy has stayed the same. I just try to be entertaining. I don’t get too personal. I stay in my lane,” the 51-year-old said. “As a comedian, you have to be smart and be careful what you say. Being spiritual and a Christian, I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings. There are things I’m not going to do that I might have done as a kid.”
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The fast-talking film star made a name for himself on the Los Angeles comedy circuit before becoming a regular player on Russell Simmons‘ “Def Comedy Jam” in the early ‘90s. His ascent continued in 1995 when he played the loud-mouthed pothead Smokey in the seminal stoner comedy “Friday,” co-starring with hip-hop great Ice Cube in the first installment of the franchise.
But it was the 1998 buddy-cop blockbuster “Rush Hour” that paired him with action star Jackie Chan that made the Atlanta native one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors at the time. Tucker followed up the tailor-made role with two sequels adding to his résumé that included credits on “Dead Presidents,” “Money Talks,” an unforgettable turn in “The Fifth Element” and “Jackie Brown.”
He also landed notable supporting roles in 2012’s “Silver Linings Playbook” and 2016’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.” He then took a break from Hollywood to focus on his namesake charitable foundation, which offers a variety of services to children and unhoused people.
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After a seven-year hiatus, Tucker returned to the big screen earlier this year in Ben Affleck’s “Air ” to play his friend Howard White , the Nike executive who was crucial in the development of the Air Jordan sneaker and who is now the vice president of Jordan Brand. Tucker wrote the part into the script, which had omitted Howard’s contribution to the Air Jordan story, at the behest of Michael Jordan.
“This is the hardest I’ve ever worked on a character. I locked myself in this hotel for 20 days to take in and go over all this information. Then I had to dissect the script, because Howard wasn’t in it and I didn’t want to mess up the plot. It was fun, but it was hard work,” Tucker told The Times.
THE LEGEND TOUR DATES:
Friday, Sept. 8: North Charleston, S.C. — North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Sunday, Sept. 10: Norfolk, Va. — Chrysler Hall
Wednesday, Sept 20: Louisville, Ky. — The Louisville Palace
Friday, Sept. 22: Memphis, Tenn. — The Orpheum Theatre Memphis
Sunday, Sept. 24: Durham, N.C. — Durham Performing Arts Center
Saturday, Sept. 30: Oakland — Paramount Theatre-Oakland
Tuesday, Oct. 3: Denver — Paramount Theatre
Wednesday, Oct. 4: Inglewood — YouTube Theater
Thursday, Oct 5: Phoenix — Arizona Financial Theatre
Saturday, Oct. 7: Los Angeles — Hollywood Pantages Theatre
Tuesday, Oct. 10: Columbus, Ohio — Palace Theatre Columbus
Wednesday, Oct. 11: Cincinnati — Aronoff Center
Thursday, Oct. 12: Cleveland — State Theatre at Playhouse Square
Wednesday, Oct. 18: Philadelphia — The Met Philadelphia
Thursday, Oct. 19: Pittsburgh — Benedum Center
Sunday, Oct. 22: Baltimore — Hippodrome at France-Merrick Performing Arts
Thursday, Oct. 26: Nashville — Ryman Auditorium
Wednesday, Nov. 1: Irving, Texas — The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Saturday, Nov. 4: Houston — Bayou Music Center
Tuesday, Nov. 7: Oklahoma City — Criterion Theater
Wednesday, Nov. 8: Kansas City, Mo. — Music Hall Kansas City
Tuesday, Nov. 14: Jacksonville, Fla. — Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts, Moran Theater
Wednesday, Nov. 15: Orlando, Fla. — Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, Nov. 17: New York — Beacon Theatre
Wednesday, Nov. 29: Chicago — Chicago Theatre
Saturday, Dec. 2: Indianapolis — Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
Monday, Dec. 4: St. Louis — Stifel Theatre
Thursday, Dec. 7: Washington — The Anthem
Tuesday, Jan. 9: Toronto — Meridian Hall
Friday, Jan. 12: Detroit — Fox Theatre
Times senior writer Greg Braxton contributed to this report.
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When Vulture started compiling the Comedians You Should and Will Know in 2013 , the curation process was easy. Comedy Central plucked comedians from relative obscurity and turned them into stars overnight ( Amy Schumer and the Broad City stars were on that first list). Talent would get buzz and high-profile development deals off modestly budgeted web series ( Issa Rae was on that list as well). There were stand-ups who were both established and beloved in the comedy community, but found themselves waiting for Hollywood gatekeepers to catch up (i.e., Kumail Nanjiani , John Mulaney , Hannibal Buress , Pete Holmes ).
Now, nearly a decade later, the meaning of success and being “known” has changed completely. Though many comedians still make a name for themselves via the traditional Hollywood route, new avenues such as TikTok, Instagram, and podcasting have given talent the ability to deliver work directly to fans while never having a big onscreen opportunity or special. That provides us an opportunity — as we talk to industry insiders about who they think is going to be the next Jerrod Carmichael , the next Chelsea Peretti , the next Bo Burnham — to also recognize the varied and always-evolving pathways a comedian can take to reach those heights.
As is the process every year, the list starts by polling dozens of industry professionals, including the comedians featured on last year’s list and in-the-know tastemakers like comedy-club bookers, producers, talent scouts, podcast-networks heads, comedy-record label founders, streaming-network execs, comedy photographers, and many more. Our goal is not to tell you who our favorite young comics are (though we like these people!) but to capture the Zeitgeist on the ground. The 24 comedians below, resulting from recommendations from 93 respondents in and around the industry, are the performers who have people working in comedy most excited. Some have had a more classic rise, making their name in indie rooms and comedy clubs, while the success of others was generated almost entirely online. Either way, learn these comedians’ names now, because sooner than later, you’re going to start seeing them everywhere.
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When Niles Abston recorded his first DIY comedy special, Girls Don’t Twerk to Jokes , at a house party in February 2020, he’d never performed an entire hour of comedy. He readily admits he wasn’t sure whether he even had an hour’s worth of material. In an industry obsessed with the idea of “paying your dues,” that’s the type of admission that’s traditionally been ill-advised. Then again, Abston has built an impressive following independent of the approval of industry gatekeepers, so for him, it’s right on brand.
Abston’s special is brimming with sly jokes about growing up Black with money, wanting to be a rapper, and southern homophobia, and it serves as a showcase for his affable charm and effortless demeanor. He subsequently cut it into clips and used the videos on social media to grow his already swelling grassroots fan base and drive audiences to his live dates. While he recently filmed his upcoming second special in Chicago, Abston’s artistic ambitions extends beyond stand-up: In March he released his first short film, Notice to Quit — a tonally adventurous ride we referred to as “the best short we’ve seen in the past couple of years” — and he recently finished writing on the upcoming third season of FXX’s hit comedy Dave .
Read our interview with Niles Abston here .
Brooklyn should have a bylaw instating that Dylan Adler is the only person allowed to do musical comedy without a permit. He’s doing backflips around everyone else in that oversaturated market — literally. Adler has been performing in New York spaces like Union Hall and Club Cumming for years, but his live comedy ascended to a whole other level when the NYU music-theory grad stepped away from the piano bench. Now, when he performs a creepy-perfect parody of Lin-Manuel Miranda or does a musical number about what he thinks football is (his vocal runs on the word “fumble” are worth the cost of admission), he confidently gestures to whoever’s working the booth and tells them to “Hit it, daddy,” or “Hit it, father!” He’ll punctuate a non-sequitur about dating or his family or both (“One time at a family gathering I made a joke about the sexual tension between my twin brother and I. And it bombed!”) with a big ecstatic scissor kick or a jumping jack. When he personifies his trauma, his eyes roll back into his skull, he slithers his tongue demonically, and he croaks “I’m Jafar” in a way that really sounds more like Yzma .
All of this physicality is a bonus because Adler is, above all else, sharp. He fires off switches from micro-impressions to one-liners about trauma before you even know what’s hitting you, making his act a well-oiled machine or a tight package (sultry double entendres intended). Recently, he took Asian American excellence to delirious heights when he performed a song about his love of Japanese Breakfast a.k.a. Michelle Zauner live onstage with a completely giddy Japanese Breakfast a.k.a. Michelle Zauner. He is also releasing an album of his comedy special, Rape Victims Are Horny Too , with Kelly Bachman. If you can’t go see him live, Adler was a standout ensemble member on TikTok’s first live sketch-comedy series, Stapleview .
Read our interview with Dylan Adler here .
Brittany Carney observes her surroundings from a bird’s-eye view. Born and raised in Japan, the That Damn Michael Che and Teenage Euthanasia writer moved to the U.S. later in life, giving her a detached perspective on some of our culture’s most specific oddities. “People ask me often, ‘Do you know a lot about anime?’” she says in a joke about growing up in Tokyo. “But I was in Japan. Not the Midwest suburbs.”
Sometimes, she flies down from her perch to meet audiences at their level, but just as often she demands they come up to her altitude: bulging her eyes, cracking her voice, and speaking with an arresting delivery to throw them off-balance before hitting them with clever, well-timed jokes about topics like organic deodorant, being a mammal, and climate sustainability. In one joke, she tells a story about a preschool student of hers asking why mother frogs don’t have boobs. “Oh, I don’t need more salary,” she screeches, affecting the maniacal laugh of a person on the verge of a breakdown. “I get paid in curiosity.”
Read our interview with Brittany Carney here .
A classic Nore Davis joke is one that feels very, very specific and is instantly recognizable as a universal experience. Davis, who’s released several albums and appeared in shows like Inside Amy Schumer and Last Week Tonight , has a particularly memorable joke about how students assume teachers don’t have a life outside of school. It’s a premise that’s well-worn enough to be almost too obvious, even when coupled with his performance of an imaginary teacher robot shutting down and powering up in a cubby overnight. But the joke becomes fully his when it transitions into his mother’s own experience as a teacher, reacting to being recognized outside of school as though she’s a bored, blasé celebrity inundated with fans. He embodies the student first — an overwhelmed, ecstatic adult losing his mind when he spots his elementary-school teacher. Then Davis becomes his own mother, eyes rolling, resigned. “Hey baby,” he says, in his mother’s voice, his hand waving in half-greeting, half-dismissal.
That joke is a stand-out, but it’s also representative of Davis’s broader approach: His work often comes from personal or family material, and his typical framing is loving, lived-in, and relaxed. Even when he mimics an overwhelmed energy, or when the pace of a joke demands speed, his persona has a confident chill that becomes an irresistible framing for material on politics, current events, and parenthood.
Read our interview with Nore Davis here .
In interstitials he recorded for Comedy Central’s Ilana Glazer Presents: Tight Five released in 2021, Alex English workshopped a joke about Malcolm X’s “fuckability,” then immediately doubled down on its shock value: “I’ll only know if it’s funny if the NAACP calls for me to apologize.” It’s the quintessential English joke, one that addresses his identity as a Black and gay man but conveys that he’s more than happy to set aside allyship for a strong joke — or for that matter, a blessed hairline .
The benefit of this approach is that English is the perfect mouthpiece for takes the average progressive wouldn’t feel comfortable voicing but is happy to laugh at, especially when English is punching down at himself. Not that English traffics exclusively in contrarianism — though irreverent, he injects nuance into discussions of race, sexual orientation, and gender that might otherwise feel staid. In addition to his stand-up, English has written and/or performed on such notable shows as Pause With Sam Jay , That Damn Michael Che , and The Rundown With Robin Thede . He’s best known for writing on SNL , where he’s worked since 2021 and once penned a Cut for Time sketch called “Jail Ad,” notable for Willem Dafoe’s repeated, incredible delivery of the phrase “vampire-looking headass.”
Read our interview with Alex English here .
Here’s the key to understanding Lisa Gilroy’s comedic gifts: She used to host popular Canadian children’s show The Zone (her co-host, “Suki,” is now better known by her drag name, Priyanka). This makes perfect , but also kind of twisted, sense. Gilroy is a character chameleon who can slip into an upper register to play a misbehaving fifth-grade boy every girl was in love with or flatten out her affect to become the trendy L.A. hostess who’s paid to neg you (“I have never been more pleased or delighted to announce anything in my life but the wait is gonna be two hours”), or play a garbled, disturbed personification of a period , or, with Hannah Pilkes , an incestuous Oppenheim twin brother.
In the comments section on these TikToks, viewers compare her to Jenna Marbles or Kristen Bell, which certainly gets at her “funniest girl in the sorority” energy (there’s that Canadian approachability), but Gilroy tempers it all with more of an edge, like when she narrates a skincare routine that slowly escalates into murder . This past year, Gilroy broke out as a recurring Comedy Bang! Bang! guest, where she’s shown off her improv skills and stretched her Silly Putty voice into different imaginary oddballs. There is no sketch show big enough to contain all that Gilroy has to offer, but we can think of at least one that would be a nice start.
Read our interview with Lisa Gilroy here .
Holmes is an enigma. Their hometown? Many. Their comedy? Very hard to describe without using the word cooch. Holmes came out of the experimental Chicago scene that gave us other zeitgeist-definers like Sarah Squirm, Meg Stalter , and Caleb Hearon , the latter of whom was Holmes’s partner in a series of quick early-career Twitter sketches , the two of them bouncing off each other spitting fictional gossip. Their solo videos, however, are where they really make their case as one of the funniest people you can possibly follow.
On TikTok, Holmes rants to the camera, eyes wide and on the verge of tears, about various scenarios: ruining their sister’s graduation party due to a disruptive itch in an unspeakable place; finding a note from their birth mother wedged in their vag and trekking to find her; laying an egg and being upset not at their situation, but at their friend who’s trying to steal the spotlight. In another medium, these would make for a compelling, surrealist chapbook of short stories. Instead, they’re monologues delivered dead-serious, sometimes in a fake upper girly-girl register, sometimes in a husky but hurried whisper. You feel a little bad for Holmes’s characters, but you’re mostly disgusted by them. Onstage, they can take more time exploring these threads, like in their serialized live-dating show at L.A.’s the Elysian, billed as the “first-ever pansexual bachelor.” Currently, you can catch Holmes on the Fox comedy Welcome to Flatch , which is entering its second season and is much stranger than a network sitcom has any right to be. That’s Holmes’s power.
Read our interview with Holmes Holmes here .
Leiby’s work lives in the “Millennial Thoughts About Dating” neighborhood, presented from her frank, matter-of-fact persona: pragmatism with a hint of neurosis. They are jokes about the reality of living with a body, especially a female body — the mortification and concern of having a hot surgeon; the realization that what your neighbor thinks are your wild sex sounds are actually the sound of you putting your jeans on every morning. She established herself as a comedy writer with credits on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel , The President Show , and The Opposition With Jordan Klepper, but it was her unfortunately timely hour-long performance Oh God , A Show About Abortion that catapulted Leiby into the spotlight in the last year.
“Anything we do when we talk about things that are bodily to us and related to our physicality is inherently this political thing,” Leiby told Ilana Glazer earlier this year, though the show is intended to push back against the notion of abortion as a remarkable, guilt-laden experience. “Step one is just normalization of abortion,” Leiby said. “Beyond that, the way we talk about it needs to change. It needs to allow space for people to have or not have feelings about it.” Oh God accomplishes that by presenting Leiby’s abortion as matter-of-fact: ridiculous, a nuisance, a frustrating obstacle, but not a source of angst or dismay. After all, as she tells Glazer: Her root canals were more traumatic.
Read our interview with Alison Leiby here .
Unlike other comedians of his generation, Andrew Lopez doesn’t have a variety of stand-up clips available to watch online. But why would he? As a tour opener for Jo Koy, he regularly plays crowd-pleasing sets to arena-size audiences, and as an experienced writer he currently has two projects in development with Amazon and one with FX. For Amazon, he’s adapting the book The Son of Good Fortune into a comedy series produced by Riz Ahmed and Lulu Wang, and turning a This American Life episode into a romantic-comedy film called Slow Burn . For FX, he’s working with Christopher Storer ( The Bear ) and Hiro Murai ( Atlanta ) on a pilot he’s set to produce, write, and star in. So you’ll forgive him for not posting stand-up clips on TikTok.
In 2020, Lopez made a brief appearance in Koy’s Netflix special In His Elements, where he showed a glimpse of the writerly sensibilities he leverages while working on these projects. A better distillation of his voice, though, is in the Instagram video above, where he tackles the oft-discussed subject of representation in media and carves out a clever angle to breathe new life into it. Talking about the film Crazy Rich Asians , he says, “I drove to the ArcLight at eight in the morning, and me and 14 Asian people tailgated that bitch like it was the Super Bowl.” He continues, “You want to know why Asians talk about that movie so much? Because it took my entire life to see Asians on a movie screen. But Hollywood made six Air Buds in seven years!”
Read our interview with Andrew Lopez here .
It’s not easy for a comedic persona to feel warm and biting at the same time, but Ever Mainard pulls it off. Mainard has a background in improv at the Second City and has begun to build acting credits (the best is their 2020 appearance in a Team Coco “Meet the Conan Staff” video as “heron/bear sex prop maker” Marcy Cramer), but they’re most notably a stand-up. Their strongest characters and scenes rest on a careful line between bodily disgust and bodily outrage, though. On one side, a story about working in a West Hollywood gym and refusing to deal with a cock ring found in the showers. On the other, a grim and remarkable joke about a game show called Here’s Your Rape! where women realize they’ve finally made one of the many errors they’ve been warned will lead to being sexually assaulted.
Mainard’s striking combination of genial prickliness (and sometimes giddy emptiness) shows up in their social-media content on TikTok and Twitter, too. Nothing says “celebrating your COVID diagnosis” like throwing on a wig and becoming a woman who’s still gonna feed her bird.
Read our interview with Ever Mainard here .
Jaye McBride tells capital-J jokes — as in, set-ups and punchlines. She’s a master in the ancient art of leading the audience down a path then blindsiding them with a twist: “My dad died around Christmas, which was tough. I didn’t know what to ask for because I already got what I wanted!” In such jokes, McBride uses the rhythms of tried-and-true Borscht Belt mother-in-law schtick to get the audience comfortable enough to laugh at a joke about trauma. That’s harder than McBride makes it look. She also gets belly-laugh zingers out of wordplay. A joke about her Irish Catholic upbringing plays like the Adirondack Trail — a long walk, but worth it: “My grandmother had ten kids. Ten. And she had two miscarriages, so she was pregnant 12 times in 16 years. She didn’t have periods. She had commas.” It’s exactly what you want from a club comic: to feel like you’re in good hands, but also like you might end up gasping at a joke about necrophilia.
This summer, McBride appeared on Amy Schumer’s Parental Advisory Netflix comedy special and recorded an upcoming comedy album . McBride is a trans comedian who’s been out and in the game longer than nearly anyone, and while her identity wasn’t always allowed to be part of her act, it now makes for richer, riskier, more honest material. Now, she implicates herself in those family zingers, ratcheting up the tension: “I have an uncle who’s a priest. He does not like this at all,” she says, with that “this” meaning anything from raunchy stand-up to the mere fact of her existence. “He said, ‘I don’t ever wanna watch you do comedy, because I don’t wanna listen to you talk about having sex with a man.’ So I just send him pictures.”
Read our interview with Jaye McBride here .
Amy Miller’s jokes have an unmistakable bite to them. She displayed her lacerating wit during her semi-finals appearance on Last Comic Standing in 2015, in a special she recorded for Epix’s series Unprotected Sets released in 2020, and most recently, with a 2022 half-hour special for Comedy Central called Ham Mouth . Watching Ham Mouth can feel almost like a roast where Miller addresses a dais populated by all the world (including herself) and picks off targets one-by-one. She goes after her family’s weight (“I have a huge family. There’s also a lot of people in it”), straight girls who exclusively date tall men to “feel safe” (“Bitch, why are you always in danger? Are you talking shit?”), and even the network that produced her special (“I accidentally turned 40. They might actually edit that out, because I think it’s illegal to say on Comedy Central — if you’re a woman”).
As evidenced by the latter joke, Miller’s often at her best when she turns her attention toward topics where she feels a degree of righteous anger. “Sorry that I jerked off in your direction,” she says after making a lewd gesture during a joke on her 2022 album , California King . “It’s a big problem with comedians. I should have asked for your consent — or just lied later and said that I asked for your consent — and changed the whole story so I can do conservative comedy now.” She’s the rare comic with the chops to pull off jokes of this nature without audience reactions descending into clapter .
Read our interview with Amy Miller here .
Clare O’Kane’s career has most recently been notable for her work as a writer: She has credits on Hulu’s Shrill , the animated series Fairview , and was hired as a writer at SNL for its 47th season. O’Kane’s stand-up, though, is a fantastic illustration of what makes her distinctive. In a joke for Comedy Central, which O’Kane includes in her 2018 album Let It Be , she describes her love of “going to PP,” which she eventually clarifies is Planned Parenthood. The joke slides in a few different directions, skirting around some of the most direct abortion-access material and landing instead on O’Kane’s ability to describe her physical ailments in medically accurate terms.
But there’s a moment even earlier in that joke that feels like the pinnacle of an O’Kane observation. It’s not that she needed an abortion, or that she loves Planned Parenthood, or even her relationship with a bassist. It’s that the bassist had “a booger wall,” which O’Kane takes great pleasure in describing. Her sensibility is messy, which sometimes manifests as physical grossness and sometimes (as in an album joke about her dead mother) is about going just a tad too far.
Read our interview with Clare O’Kane here .
There’s a certain type of comedian who coasts on rhythm, inertia, and persona. They draw analogies — “That’s like if …” — and generate reflexive laughs for jokes that don’t quite hold up under a microscope. Laura Peek writes comedy like she wants to put these comedians out of business. She tells mathematical jokes like ”You ever walk into a Quality Inn and you’re just like, Honestly, I would have gone for quantity at this point? ” and “I washed myself like a woman in a movie who is trying to forget a memory” that work on paper just as well as they do onstage.
In this way, Peek’s comedy is a throwback. Her work shares DNA with that of Taylor Tomlinson , both in her commitment to strong punchlines and the way she speaks reverentially and critically about her upbringing, similar to how Tomlinson discusses the church. She reaches into this well frequently, not just to ridicule people she believes have regressive beliefs, but to comment on elements of it that have shaped her. It’s the basis of one of her best bits about attempting to quit smoking, a habit she jokes that no one in California has. “One thing I’ve never tried is the stop smoking pill. It’s called Chantix,” she explains. “Three of the actual side-effects of Chantix are hallucinations, delusions, and night terrors … Chantix: You can’t smoke if you’re hiding from demons in your neighbor’s crawl space.”
Read our interview with Laura Peek here .
Plenty of fitness influencers blew up on social media during the pandemic, but none were as entertaining as Creeper, the creator and coach of the CholoFit workout . He’s got nearly 600,000 followers on Instagram, over 700,000 on TikTok, and has spawned spinoff programs including CholoSpin and CholoQuatics , where his knee-high socks and bandana are not considered optional. Creeper is the most popular creation of L.A. comedian Frankie Quiñones, who has been doing the character live and online for years. Like all of Quiñones’s characters, Creeper reinvents Latino comedy clichés with a combination of physicality, real-life inspiration, and a subtle bit of commentary: Creeper is an amalgam of classic “cholo” tropes right down to his chanclas, but his fitness classes send up a certain type of gentrifying workout studio. Other characters, like Emo Primo, Pachanga, and Juanita Carmelita , are part of the Quiñones cinematic universe, and they shine in his 2021 HBO special Frankie Quiñones: Superhomies ; that latter character, also known as JC, is openly based on Quiñones’s mom.
If you’re less of a TikToker and more of a cult-comedy nerd, you might know Quiñones as a member of The Dress Up Gang , a surreal sitcom co-created by and co-starring his then-roommates Donny Divanian and Cory Loykasek. Now, he stars opposite Chris Estrada on This Fool as Luis, an ex-gang member turned reluctant rehabilitation center member. With the stamp of approval from comedy icons like George Lopez and Will Ferrell , Quiñones’s career will go as high as his socks will take him.
Read our interview with Frankie Quiñones here .
Pat Regan is a “Comedian You Should Know” the way that ice cream is a “Treat You Should Know.” If you follow queer stand-up and don’t know Regan yet (seemingly impossible), you’ve certainly at least noticed his influence. Regan has a famously infectious cadence, examples of which include the increasing cultural penetration and ubiquity of the word “famously.” It’s the sort of unmistakable delivery that made his performance as a twink on a shrimp boat the single weirdest scene-stealing character in the already deeply quirked-up comedy Search Party. In his stand-up, Regan will drop a mundane celebrity fact and then clarify to audience members, like a concerned mother at an anti-library rally, “and they don’t teach that in the schools.” He says therapy “saved my life” … but mostly because it’s a really good — say it with me — place to charge your phone.
Regan hyperbolizes the daily little indignities of everyday life and undercuts the big issues with clever deadpan, making them seem a little less scary (he doesn’t want to go to heaven when he dies because having to deal with God “could get annoying”). His act is peppered with self-deprecation both specific and relatable, and includes honest admissions related to topics like body dysmorphia. He has a lovable quality that’s earned devoted fans, both in his stand-up and as the co-host of the wildly popular podcast Seek Treatment with his friend Catherine Cohen, which functions like a group-therapy session for anyone who’s ever cried in a Sweetgreen. On the podcast and in his stand-up, Regan defies cliché at every turn, proving that you can be hot and also nice, gay and also from Long Island, cool and also obsessed with track-and-field. More recently, Regan has appeared on Ziwe and written for Hacks , which is a huge win for him and his family .
Read our interview with Pat Regan here .
Hidden underneath all the contagious aggravation comprising the bulk of Yamaneika Saunders’s material, there’s a sillier and more character-driven comic who peeks her head out from time to time. Perhaps she’d reveal herself more if there weren’t so many stupid people and ludicrous ideas deserving of her ire. Saunders gets riled up about everything, from bridal-dress fittings to people’s poor airplane etiquette , and by the time she’s done fervently dissecting these issues, it’s impossible not to feel a sense of relief from a pocket of tension you may not have even realized you were carrying.
At her best, Saunders animates her observations with doses of absurd imagery and committed impressions. Joking about the particulars of “fat pads,” she says, “I went to the public pool this week with the pad on. I soaked up all the water in the pool. It was crazy. The kids were like, ‘Mommy, where’s the water?’ She was like, ‘It’s in that bitch’s pad.’ Now I have to keep my pussy open until 8:00 p.m., because the kids want to swim.” Saunders unites these sensibilities effortlessly in her role as Dr. Flowers in Flatbush Misdemeanors , a belligerent therapist who refuses to indulge her client Dan’s bullshit and simply berates him until he fixes his behavior. Hardly her first acting gig, Saunders has also appeared on That Damn Michael Che , Life & Beth , and Pause With Sam Jay , among others.
Read our interview with Yamaneika Saunders here .
Julia Shiplett’s comedy is weaponized brightness. She has appeared in comedy series like High Maintenance and Love Life , and those millennial slice-of-life series are a good fit for her style. She does jokes about dating, weddings, aging out of your 20s, and observational bits about, for example, how weird it is to still have physical keys. But it’s refracted through Shiplett’s dark-cheerful worldview: They’re familiar scenes that become weirder, sometimes to the point of discomfort.
One typical Shiplett joke dismantles the appeal of astrology, starting with the cheerful greeting “Happy Virgo season!” then immediately twisting it around to describe the way astrology becomes an excuse for terrible behavior. “I don’t have a fear of intimacy, I had an eclipse on my birthday!” Shiplett says. She’s particularly good at that kind of combination of cultural observation and personal anecdote, and it’s what distinguishes her work. It’s not just weird that physical keys still exist. It’s that we also get the image of Shiplett, locked out of her apartment, yelling through her door to ask Alexa about Zoë Kravitz’s birth sign. (“She’s a Sag, by the way.”)
Read our interview with Julia Shiplett here .
Front-facing comedy savant (and soon, an actor on the Apple TV+ series Platonic ) Vinny Thomas has probably shown up on your Twitter or TikTok feed, but it’s difficult to say exactly what character you would’ve seen him portray. Unlike comedians like Sarah Cooper , whose most famous work is lip syncing Trump, or someone like Meg Stalter , who plays a version of her comedic persona filtered through a range of character types, Thomas is remarkably versatile. He plays with accents and vocal ranges. His face morphs into desperation, alarm, smugness, fake delight. Sometimes he plays animals, with their deepest animal desires filtered into hilarious human contexts: “You better work bitch!” yells a pigeon at a Pride parade , before adding, “Throw out some bread, bitch!”
In spite of how disparate Thomas’s characters are, the unifying pleasure of them is in his ability to find and fully embody unexpected perspectives, voices that are simply absurd or that find pointed ridiculousness in political contexts . They’re completely distinct characters, but in Thomas’s hands, a gay-pride pigeon and a man organizing a white-supremacist rally are cut from the same cloth. Their needs are simple, and voicing those needs out loud makes them suddenly, delightfully preposterous.
Read our interview with Vinny Thomas here .
If Yedoye Travis sets his sights on a subject that’s been tackled before, you can rest assured he’ll have the freshest take on it. Comedians have been making jokes about R. Kelly for over a decade, with everyone from Pete Davidson to Whitney Cummings lamenting how difficult it is to boycott his song “Ignition (Remix).” But Travis’s joke is the definitive entry into the canon — the one that should be loaded in a time capsule and shot into space. “R. Kelly is not, nor has he ever been, a good musician,” he begins. “His music is not sexy. It’s just about sex. There’s a big difference. Teenagers talk about sex, but are they sexy? Not if you’re not R. Kelly.”
A large part of Travis’s comedic success stems from his wide lexicon of pop-culture references. He’s a master at weaving in just the right reference at just the right time — just off-beat enough without being too obscure — to temper his sometimes heady forays into challenging subject matter. Explaining the concept of white privilege in one joke , he says, “It’s like in X-Men when Magneto walks out over open air and a bridge forms under his feet. That’s white privilege. You know when you just go somewhere you’ve never been and suddenly there’s infrastructure?”
Adding to his resume, Travis has worked on Peacock’s Saved by the Bell reboot, wrote the Batman comic book Legends of the Dark Knight , and appeared as an actor on NBC’s Mr. Mayor. He also writes brilliant essays about labor challenges and predatory behavior in comedy in his spare time.
Read our interview with Yedoye Travis here .
Surrender yourself to the smooth stylings of New York comic Ikechukwu Ufomadu. Let his dulcet tones wash over you while he does his signature crowd work, starting the show by asking, “Anyone else wearing shoes tonight? [ Crowd cheers. ] So I suppose I’m preaching to the choir when I say, [ Mildly Seinfeldian voice ] ‘Can you believe these things?’” Ufomadu talks with an affect that suggests smoking jackets and snifters and plays clever, circuitous word games — talents he displays on “Words With Ike,” his recurring, recently Emmy nominated segment on the FX short-form showcase series Cake . It’s a segment that drives home a feeling that Ufomadu loves comedy because he loves language. In it, he walks through wheat fields and rivers of tactical words and invites viewers to “take a stroll with old Lady English down Lexicon Boulevard.” Sometimes, Ufomadu abandons language altogether, such as when he recites a sonnet mostly in grunts, or sings “New York, New York” entirely in frog ribbits , or does a bit that can only be transcribed as singing “leedle-laddle-leedle-laddle-loo” for two minutes straight.
Maybe you’ve seen him on cool, New York-y shows like Ziwe , or Chris Gethard Presents , Flatbush Misdemeanors , or The Special Without Brett Davis ; maybe you’ve seen his cartoonified visage as a regular on Stephen Colbert’s Tooning Out the News. Ufomadu has extreme “former gifted kid” energy, tempered by a delightfully stupid streak, like when he gives a PowerPoint presentation that devolves into two separate recitations of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song.” Ufomadu is that rarest of things in the world of alt-comedy: a true gentleman scholar.
Read our interview with Ike Ufomadu here .
For Devon Walker, crowd work isn’t really crowd work, because he doesn’t make it look like “work” at all. When he riffs in a room it’s unlabored, casual, and inviting — more of a crowd hang. He’ll tease a funny moment out of the blandest of audience “ woo s” or involuntary vocalizations: “ Don’t uuugh out loud !” In another set, he shuffles offstage and hides from the audible despair he hears when he asks if there are any parents in the house. Few young comics have been as unshakeable from the jump as this Austin native, whose easy stage presence complements his deft material. In one bit (in the video above), he pins white appropriation of Black culture on Eddie Murphy in the ’80s for doing too good of a job at teasing white folks, and then demonstrates exactly what that looks like. (It involves going to a very nasally place).
During lockdown in 2020, Walker took his humor to Comedy Central and starred in comedy shorts for their social-media channels that ranged from personal — like a talk with a fictional therapist (himself) about familial hangups — to silly, as in his collaborations with Grace Kuhlenschmidt about withholding rent or dating the same girl. Now, Walker writes on Big Mouth and Phoebe Robinson’s series Everything’s Trash. His latest hour of stand-up, which he’s been testing live this summer, is based on audience interaction. That’s what we’re talking about when we talk about strong crowd work.
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You don’t need to listen too closely to hear the moments when Sheng Wang’s laid-back delivery feels indebted to his hero Mitch Hedberg. Rather than coast on the advantages of this shared affect, though, Wang is a razor-sharp joke writer — filtering often mundane subject matter through his skewed perspective and then trimming every ounce of fat away to deliver precisely scripted jokes. In one joke lampooning the idea of people teasing him for wearing a bike helmet, he says, “That’s my favorite kind of humor: talking trash about safety … If I see a pedestrian crossing the street, I’m like, ‘Yo, check out that momma’s boy, looking both ways.’ When I cross the street, I look one way: directly at the sun.”
The degree of polish on Wang’s material is unsurprising, given how long he’s been at the craft. He helmed his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special back in 2011, has appeared on shows like Last Comic Standing and New York Stand-up Show , and worked as a writer on the ABC series Fresh Off the Boat for several seasons. His good friend and fellow comic Ali Wong has now shot Wang’s first hourlong special on Netflix, titled Sweet and Juicy , as her directorial debut.
Read our interview with Sheng Wang here .
Although Celeste Yim’s career began as a stand-up in Toronto, their work over the past several years has pivoted toward writing, garnering Yim an avalanche of recognition. Their play Not Only Is Everyone As Wonderful was produced in Aspen and New York; they’ve written for Vice and the Globe and Mail ; they participated in the National MFA Playwrights Festival.
But what they’ve become most known for is their work on SNL , where Yim was hired as a writer in 2020. Their sketches often reflect the exhaustion and claustrophobia of representation issues: For example, a spoof of the “It Gets Better” campaign mocks the simplicity of gay social acceptance. One of Yim’s most notable SNL pieces is the “ Weekend Update ” segment they wrote with Bowen Yang about the burden of having to respond to anti-Asian hate crimes. There’s often a sense of political responsibility to Yim’s work, but Yim is equally remarkable in sketches that are beautifully brainless. The best of those is “L’Eggs,” a sketch co-written with Aidy Bryant, that begins from a place of total nonsense (sales representatives for L’Eggs pitching to high-school kids) and gradually accelerates into an unhinged romp about panty hose. The only Celeste Yim SNL sketch even better than “L’Eggs” is “ BonjourHi,” a perfect combination of Yim’s interest in identity (in this case: Quebecois) and absurdism (also Quebecois).
Read our interview with Celeste Yim here .
Note: A previous version of this article stated that Fresh off the Boat aired on NBC. It has been corrected.
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Posted: October 31, 2023 | Last updated: October 31, 2023
BMN Entertainment has announced We Them One's Comedy Tour 2024 presented by them. The comedy tour promises a night of non-stop laughter with some of the comedy world's brightest stars. The tour will go through major cities In the USA including Houston. Dallas, Columbia, Atlanta, and many more cities.
We Them One's Comedy Tour is a show with a lineup of comedians. This tour is set to be a night to remember for comedy fans with different witty one-liners, hilarious anecdotes, or relatable humor, this event will have something for everyone.
We Them One's Comedy Tour will include great comedians such as DC Young Fly, Chico Bean, Karlous Miller, Lil Duval, Mojo Brookzz, and Money Bag Mafia.
We Them One's Comedy tour tickets will go on sale on November 3, via the BMN Entertainment show's official website. Presale for the tour will go on sale on November 2. Fans can also follow the BMN official social media handles to stay updated with the latest news about the comedy tour.
We Them One's Comedy Tour will begin in Minneapolis and end in Orlando
We Them One's Comedy Tour will kick off with a show in Minneapolis, which is scheduled to take place on February 2, 2024. After performing in a few cities, the tour will finally wrap up its tour with a final concert in Orlando on May 12, 2024.
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- February 2, 2024: Minneapolis, MN - The Armory
- February 3, 2024: Kansas City, MO - T-Mobile Center
- February 4, 2024: Indianapolis, IN - Gainbridge Fieldhouse
- February 9, 2024: Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
- February 10, 2024: Cincinnati, OH - Heritage Bank Center
- February 17, 2024: Philadelphia, PA - The Liacouras Center
- February 25, 2024: Hollywood, FL - Hard Rock Live
- March 1, 2024: Southaven, MS - Landers Center
- March 2, 2024: Biloxi, MS - Mississippi Coast Coliseum
- March 3, 2024: Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
- March 8, 2024: Washington, DC - EagleBank Arena
- March 9, 2024: Detroit, MI - Fox Theater
- March 10, 2024: Cleveland, OH - Wolstein Center
- March 15, 2024: Birmingham, AL - Legacy Arena
- March 16, 2024: Atlanta, GA - State Farm Arena
- March 17, 2024: New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center
- March 22, 2024: Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
- March 23, 2024: Milwaukee, WI - Fiserv Forum
- March 24, 2024: Charlotte, NC - Bojangles Coliseum
- March 29, 2024: Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena
- March 30, 2024: Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum
- March 31, 2024: Hampton, VA - Hampton Coliseum
- April 5, 2024: Inglewood, CA - The Kia Forum
- April 6, 2024: Oakland, CA - Oakland Arena
- April 7, 2024: Ontario, CA - Toyota Arena
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- May 5, 2024: Jacksonville, FL - VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
- May 11, 2024: Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
- May 12, 2024: Orlando, FL - Addition Financial Arena
The comedy tour will be hosted by American comedian Mike Epps, who is set to take center stage as the host of the evening. Known for his quick wit and infectious humor, Epps is no stranger to making audiences burst into fits of laughter. His charismatic presence and hilarious humor are sure to set the tone for an unforgettable night of comedy.
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Matt Rife Special ‘Natural Selection’ Sets Netflix Premiere Date, Unveils Teaser – Update
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UPDATED, 10:28 a.m.: Netflix announced on Wednesday that the new comedy special Natural Selection from today’s most discussed comic, Matt Rife , will be debuting on the platform November 15th. Check out a new teaser for it above.
Recently seeing his career launched into the stratosphere after taking off on TikTok, Rife in the special leaves no topic untouched – from crystals to social media trolls – and no audience member spared. The comic exec produced alongside manager Christina Shams, with Irony Point as the production company. Read more about Rife and his new hour below.
Last summer, the 27-year-old from North Lewisburg, Ohio struggled to sell a hundred tickets a show. But earlier this year, when he announced his ProbleMATTic World Tour, he sold around 600,000 tickets over the span of just 48 hours.
Now, after two self-released specials, he has scored his own Netflix special.
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Rife will film the hour-long special – Matt Rife: Natural Selection – on September 22 and 23 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington DC.
The streamer also celebrated Rife’s upcoming birthday on Sunday, by giving him his own billboard outside The Laugh Factory in LA.
Produced by Irony Point and exec produced by Rife and his longtime manager Christina Shams, the special will premiere on the streamer later this year.
It comes after Rife, who has spent 12 years on the road, broke out during Covid, when he and comedian friend Paul Elia launched Lowkey Outside. A semimonthly, socially distanced comedy show, spun off from one they’d done at The Comedy Store pre-pandemic, Lowkey saw the pair performing for small crowds from the bed of a pick-up truck, in the back of apartment complexes and event spaces across Los Angeles.
He has also gone viral on TikTok, where he has over 16.7M followers and more than 5B views.
Rife previously self-produced and distributed through YouTube his first one-hour comedy special, Only Fans, which garnered 9.8 million views. He then self-released his second special, Matthew Steven Rife, on YouTube which was taped in Austin, Texas before putting out a crowd work-focused special in June.
“It’s so much fewer and far further between now. You’d get a late night show for five minutes, and then you’d do Montreal, and then you’d get a TV series, and then Netflix or Comedy Central picks you up for a full special. That really doesn’t happen now. The entertainment industry has gotten so lazy via social media, and social media does provide everybody kind of an opportunity to get seen and build an audience,” he said.
Rife, who made his television debut on MTV’s Wild ‘n Out, added that the new material is “so fun for me”.
“The first half of it is so silly and ridiculous and fun, and the second half is some stuff I actually got to pour some thought into, which, if you’ve watched either of my previous specials, I kind of like to end the last of it with something people can think about, and put some thought behind, and give some real perspective on something I genuinely am passionate about, as well as making it funny with a fun story,” he said. “I’d say it’s my most fun hour yet. I think people are really going to like it. There’s something in there for everybody.”
Rife is repped by Christina Shams at Avesta Entertainment, CAA and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson McGinnis Ryan.
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Austin has lots of comedians coming to visit in the coming months and we tracked down 10 of them who still had tickets available for their shows as of our publication time. Let us know who you'll be seeing:
Faizon Love, who stars in "Elf" and "Couples Retreat," will perform Nov. 16-18 at Cap City Comedy Club, 11506 Century Oaks Terrace, Building B Unit 100. Tickets start at $22.70. Information: capcitycomedy.com.
Michelle Wolf is bringing her "It's Great To Be Here" tour to Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave., on Nov. 16. Wolf headlined the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner and has specials on both Netflix and HBO. Tickets start at $39. Information: austintheatre.org.
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Ilana Glazer will be at Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave., on Nov. 30. Glazer co-created and starred in "Broad City." Tickets start at $48.50. Information: austintheatre.org.
Matt Rogers is bringing his "Have you heard of Christmas?" tour to Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave., on Dec. 9. Rogers co-hosts the podcat "Las Culturistas" with "Saturday Night Live" actor Bowen Yang. Tickets start at $39.50. Information: austintheatre.org.
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Michelle Buteau is bringing her "Full Heart, Tight Jeans" tour to Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave., on Dec. 18. Buteau has performed at the Paramount before and stars in Netflix's "Survival of the Thickest," which she also created. Tickets start at $35. Information: austintheatre.org.
"Saturday Night Live" alum Pete Davidson will perform at ACL Live, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd., on Dec. 28. The comedian's first show at ACL Live on Dec. 27 is sold out. Tickets for the Dec. 28 show start at $70. Information: acllive.com.
Marlon Wayans, who starred in hit 2004 movie "White Chicks," will perform Jan. 5-7 at Cap City Comedy Club, 11506 Century Oaks Terrace, Building B Unit 100. Tickets start at $48.58. Information: capcitycomedy.com.
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Natasha Leggero, who starred in TV comedy series "Broke," will perform Jan. 18-20 at Cap City Comedy Club, 11506 Century Oaks Terrace, Building B Unit 100. Tickets start at $32. Information: capcitycomedy.com.
"The Office" star Craig Robinson will perform Jan. 25-28 at Cap City Comedy Club, 11506 Century Oaks Terrace, Building B Unit 100. Tickets start at $43.40. Information: capcitycomedy.com.
Brian Regan will perform Jan. 28 at ACL Live, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. Regan has been a comedian for decades and has multiple specials on Netflix and Comedy Central. Tickets start at $44.50. Information: acllive.com.
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Taylor Tomlinson to Host New CBS Late-Night Show after ‘Colbert’
The popular comedian will take over the show, which is based on “@midnight,” at a time when the job is being held only by men.
By Jason Zinoman
In a shake-up of the late-night television landscape, the stand-up comic Taylor Tomlinson , 29, will take over the time slot after “ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert ” on CBS. The move makes her not just the only woman in the job on a late-night show on network television now, but also the youngest by two decades.
Tomlinson will serve as host of “After Midnight,” based on “@midnight With Chris Hardwick,” a series that premiered on Comedy Central in 2013 and was canceled four years later. That show, with Hardwick as the host, featured a panel of comics.
Among the executive producers of the new show is Stephen Colbert, who announced the news on his program on Wednesday. Tomlinson will start in 2024.
The comedian, who is based in Los Angeles, is a film and television novice, but in a very short time, has become one of the most acclaimed and popular stand-up acts in the country, building on the strength of two specials on Netflix, “Quarter-Life Crisis” and “ Look at You .” She is currently on a global tour of big theaters.
She got her start performing as a teenager and played the church circuit early on. Her big break on Netflix came courtesy of a 15-minute set on “The Comedy Lineup” in 2018. Her next special will premiere on the streaming service in February.
Tomlinson is essentially filling the position vacated when James Corden retired from “The Late Late Show” earlier this year. Before him, Craig Ferguson, Craig Kilborn and Tom Snyder had served as hosts of programs that followed “The Late Show With David Letterman.”
The list of women getting such opportunities on network television is extremely limited. Joan Rivers was the first in the modern era, becoming host of a short-lived Fox series in 1986. In 2019, Lilly Singh replaced Carson Daly in the late-late slot on NBC. But when that show went off the air in 2021, network television became an all-male club.
Jason Zinoman is a critic at large for The Times. As the paper’s first comedy critic, he has written the On Comedy column since 2011. More about Jason Zinoman
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Since getting fired from “Saturday Night Live” in 2019 after videos surfaced of him using Asian and gay slurs on a podcast, Shane Gillis has built perhaps one of the fastest growing comedy careers in America .
In roast battles and stage shows, comics are experimenting with facing off against A.I. chatbots. But inspired stand-ups shouldn’t fear for their jobs — yet .
A new generation of stand-up comedians is mining the loss of a loved one for ambitious, heartbreaking shows. How did we get here ?