Variety Picks 10 Comics to Watch for 2015

Variety 10 Comics to Watch 2015
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Variety has chosen its 10 Comics to Watch for 2015.

The series recognizes standups, sketch artists and Web content creators, who will be honored at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in July.

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 14 issue of Variety and honored with a cocktail party and panel July 23 and 24 at the festival.

These are the 10 comics selected:

Nate Bargatze, who recently debuted the special “Full Time Magic” on Comedy Central and whose comedy album “Yelled at by a Clown” hit No. 1 on the iTunes comedy charts and the Billboard Top Ten Comedy Charts.

Tone Bell, set to star in the NBC show “People Are Talking,” recently sold a show to FX that he will write, produce and star in.

Kate Berlant, who has written for “Billy on the Street” and toured with Father John Misty and Lo-Fang, has had performances commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Flula Borg, recently seen in “Pitch Perfect 2,” has a popular YouTube Channel with over 500,000 subscribers.

Bianca Del Rio, winner of “Rupaul’s Drag Race,” is starring in the film “Hurricane Bianca” and currently on the “Rolodex of Hate” tour.

Bridget Everett, who appears on “Inside Amy Schumer” and opened for Patton Oswalt at Carnegie Hall, has a special, “Bridget Everett: Gynecological Wonder,” that will air on Comedy Central in July.

Mega64 is a group made up of Derrick Acosta, Rocco Botte and Shawn Chatfield whose comedy sketches and podcast center on gaming.

Nikki Glaser, soon to be seen in Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck,” created and stars in the series “Not Safe with Nikki Glaser” for Comedy Central. She previously starred in MTV’s “Nikki and Sara Live.”

The Grawlix is a team consisting of Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy. Their show “Those Who Can’t” will be TruTV’s first scripted comedy series.

Ricky Velez, a panelist and correspondent on “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore,” will appear in Netflix’s upcoming Aziz Ansari project.


Past honorees on the list include Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”), Amy Schumer (“Trainwreck”), T.J. Miller (“Silicon Valley”) and Rebel Wilson (“Pitch Perfect 2”). The list began in 2000 with such now-prominent names as Maria Bamford, Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis and Patton Oswalt.

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  1. Lucky says:

    Go Bianca!

  2. Benny says:


  3. Maylin says:

    I suspect for 2016 you’ll have comedy duo (not yet and on stage duo but in life) Brian Vermeire and Kristina Hughes. He’s mostly clean late night hosty and observational and she has her whole fancy rant thing.

  4. So happy to see Mega64 on that list. I’ve been following them since 2006 and they have put nothing but great comedic content! They have been so underrated especially on YouTube for 12 years of their existence, but I’m glad they are finally getting the recognition they truly deserve by getting on this list! Congrats, my boyz!

  5. jonathan says:


  6. Ester says:

    Bianca Del Rio is the best entertainer that has ever lived. Her show is non-stop crying and peeing with laughter. A cutthroat and ruthless insult comic on stage who will shatter you into pieces in two seconds (and you will love it) and the kindest person you will ever meet. So proud of my Queen! Long live the Queen of Mean!

    • alyr says:

      HAHA Bianca Del Rio wore a campy green wig ONE TIME in 20 years for a spoof on Wicked, and you chose THAT photo. She’s gonna have a fit considering how flawless she always looks.

  7. Very nice to see the Mega64 boys and Benicio Del Toro finally getting the recognition they deserve.

  8. Cameron Y. says:

    As a huge fan of Mega64 since their early years (around 2005) I am hugely excited and ecstatic to see their comedic genius recognized by the staff of Variety! I can’t wait to read their profile in the July 14th issue, and if they are invited to the panel at the Just for Laughs festival and come, you are all in for a treat. These guys put so much heart into what they do and inspire so many people through their Internet series, videos, commercials, podcasts, etc. Here’s to Variety and Mega64 collaborating and “doing the skit” together.

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