Variety has been spotlighting up-and-coming comics for more than a decade, shining early lights on everyone from Louis C.K. to Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis, Aziz Ansari and Aubrey Plaza.

This year’s class — eight of whom will perform at Montreal’s Just for Laughs comedy festival the last week in July — boasts young talents with the potential to headline arena tours and sitcoms of their own one day, representing a mix of YouTube and Funny or Die stars, “Saturday Night Live” vets and in-demand screenwriters.

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Tales of debauchery in national parks, grunt work for Conan O’Brien, Martin Scorsese-led improv sessions and Looney Tunes erotica abound.

Profiles written by Andrew Barker, Iain Blair, Peter Debruge, David Friend, Steve Heisler and Andrew Shenker.

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