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Joey Bragg: Teen comic on fast track

Youth Impact Report 2012: Up Next

Just three years into his comedy career, 16-year-old Joey Bragg is achieving what other comics work for their entire lives: his own sitcom and latenight talkshow. The Bay Area comic started writing jokes at age 12, took the stage at 13 and now works with some of the biggest names in comedy.

“It feels like cheating,” Bragg says about his fast-track success, “but I like it and I want to keep doing it.”

Knowing he wanted a career in comedy but unsure how to start, Bragg reached out to his comedy idol via Facebook: “Pete Holmes gave me advice and taught me about open mics and showcases.” Bragg treated Holmes’ advice as a “how-to guide” and swiftly began opening for such comedy icons as Dane Cook, Nick Swardson and Kevin Nealon.

In the past year, the high-school junior co-starred in the Nick TV Movie “Fred 3: Camp Fred,” played the lead in Jon Heder’s DisneyXD pilot “Gulliver Quinn” and went head-to-head with Kevin Hart in an Xbox viral video. Bragg also co-created his own latenight show on YouTube’s popular Awesomeness channel. “Right now it looks like a very short version of Conan. But with me. Instead of Conan.”

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