Variety Picks 10 Comics to Watch for 2014

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Variety names its annual list of standups, sketch artists and Web-based comedians to be honored at Just for Laughs in July

The laff list is locked. Variety has chosen its 10 Comics to Watch for 2014.

Selected by a team of Variety editors based on extensive polling of the professional comedy community — those who scout, book, represent, produce and cast comics on a daily basis — the group will be profiled in the July 22 issue of Variety and honored with a cocktail party and panel July 24 and 25 at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal.

The 10 Comics are:

Cristela Alonzo
Pete Davidson
Fortune Feimster
Nathan Fielder
Ron Funches
Harvard Sailing Team (a nine-person sketch troupe comprising of Jen Curran, Rebecca Delgado Smith, Clayton Early, Faryn Einhorn, Katie Larsen, Adam Lustick, Billy Scafuri, Chris Smith and Sara Taylor)
Grace Helbig
The Lucas Brothers
Greg Poehler
Lena Waithe

The 10 to Watch series spotlights emerging writers, actors, producers, directors, comics and cinematographers. The honorees represent a mix of standups, sketch artists and Web-based comedians, each of whom writes and performs his or her own material.

Comics who have appeared on the 10 to Watch list in years past include Jenny Slate (who starred in Sundance comedy “Obvious Child” this year), Rebel Wilson, Amy Schumer and half the cast of “Silicon Valley”: T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch and Kumail Nanjiani.

Now in its 15th year, the list began in 2000 with such names as Maria Bamford, Lewis Black, Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis and Patton Oswalt among the inaugural class — which should give readers an idea of the potential Variety sees in these 10 honorees.

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  1. tj says:

    Missed Cameron Esposito. That right there is some funny. Ferguson said so.

  2. slik says:

    Where are the people of color? Like really no black comics u find funny at all lol

    • Sparkey says:

      You do realize Ron Funches is black correct?

      • steven says:

        The Lucas Bros. are also black. This was a truly ignorant comment.

      • Ummmm says:

        The same ron funches that only does lilly white crowds and hipster rooms? they should re-title this list “ten comics that people are already watching and the whitest black comic we can find”. This is lazy. Hey variety about you hit some mics yourself to crown new talent instead of crowning comics 10 publications have crowned before you.

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  5. It’s actually REALLY annoying. I am curious about them for casting purposes, but I don’t know who is who… Geesh! Get it together Variety!

  6. Kind of lame that they don’t give you a left to right so you like know who they are…?

  7. Joy Karen says:

    i meant to type “unable” and not “unbale”; had to correct this quickly before Variety lists all of us as stupid and non-spellers too.

  8. Joy Karen says:

    just read last week that Variety had deemed all black people and other non-whites as unbale to write for television or movies and now i am reading that none of us are funny either. i would cancel my subscription also, but it’s free so i guess i will keep it for the time being. but im getting someone too annoyed with Variety to even want to keep this free e-subscription. i am caring less and less about the things Variety writes about.

  9. josh says:

    Variety’s “whites only” policy is obnoxious – I’d cancel my subscription but it’s free –

  10. Smooth says:

    I guess Ron Funches was too black and ugly for the cover picture, right Variety?

  11. Mark says:

    After the recent Saturday Night Live hubbub related to lack of diversity in their cast, here, again, is the suggestion that there is little diversity among those emerging talents who are worth watching – unless it just means those who are likely to emerge as successful in the industry.

  12. Directorrick says:

    Another awesomely diverse and inclusive Variety list!

  13. Stephen says:

    Really going out on a limb here. Half these people are already on network/cable and Grace is already a millionaire.

  14. Smooth says:

    You need better drugs.

  15. Smooth says:

    Next time get a publisher.

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