Variety Announces 10 Comics to Watch for 2016

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Variety has chosen its 10 Comics to Watch for 2016.

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 19 issue of Variety and honored at the festival with a cocktail party on July 28, followed by a panel and showcase on July 29.

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.

Additionally, Variety will be honoring Louie Anderson with a special legends and groundbreakers profile, spotlighting his recent work on FX’s “Baskets” as well as his prolific stand-up career, in the July 19 issue.

Then 10 comics selected this year are:

James Adomian and Anthony Atamanuik, co-creators and stars of “Trump Vs. Bernie,” currently in the midst of a 40-city tour and an upcoming album. Adomian has been seen on “Comedy Bang Bang” and “Children’s Hospital,” while Atamanuik has appeared on “30 Rock” and “Broad City.”

Vlad Caamano, who recently wrote and stars in a pilot for Bill Lawrence. He has been seen recently on “Adam DeVine’s House Party” on Comedy Central and on “Gotham Comedy Live.”

Ronny Chieng, currently appearing on “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah,” his most current stand-up specials are “Chieng Reaction” and “You Don’t Know What You’re Talking About.” He has opened for Dave Chappelle and Bill Burr and sold out comedy tours at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Sydney Opera House.

Cameron Esposito, seen on such shows as “Maron” and “@midnight,” she will be seen in the upcoming films “Operator,” “First Girl I Loved,” and “Sleight.” Her show “Take My Wife” and special “Marriage Material” will air on Seeso. She is currently working on a scripted show for FX and her first book, to be published by Grand Central Publishing.

Jermaine Fowler, soon to be seen in HBO’s “Crashing” from Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes, and the star and producer of CBS’s “Superior Donuts,” which is currently being re-piloted for midseason consideration. He’s appeared on “Guy Code” and “Friends of the People,” which he also produced.

Lauren Lapkus, who appeared in standout roles in “Jurassic World” and “Orange Is the New Black” and will be seen in HBO’s “Crashing.” She hosts the popular Earwolf podcast “With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus” and frequently appears on the “Comedy Bang! Bang!” podcast with Scott Aukerman.

Aparna Nancherla, who has opened for John Oliver and Tig Notaro. A former staff writer for “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” she has been seen on “Inside Amy Schumer” and Apatow’s “Love.” She hosts the podcast “Blue Woman Group” with Jacqueline Novak.

Lilly Singh, the subject of the documentary “A Trip to Unicorn Island” and soon to be seen in “Bad Moms.” With over 1 billion views on her YouTube channel, she was named one of Time Magazine’s “30 Most Influential People on the Internet.”

Granger Smith
, a country music chart-topper whose comedic alter-ego, Earl Dibbles Jr., has generated over 32 million views on YouTube. Earl Dibbles is one of many characters in Smith’s growing comedy repertoire.

Roy Wood Jr., a regular on “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” who has appeared on “Conan,” “Def Comedy Jam” and was a finalist on “Last Comic Standing.” His albums include “Things I Think, I Think” and “My Momma Made Me Wear This.”

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  1. gemmaperalta says:

    How do we get tickets for the cocktail on the 28th? I’m a huge Lilly Singh fan!

  2. Glad to see Jermaine Fowler on here. He is sooooooooooooooooooooooo funny and he was fun to watch on Guy Code. I would really like to go to go to one of his shows if he came out here to Los Angeles.

    Variety has really got some taste by putting Fowler on it. Thank you.

  3. cameron369 says:

    Why isn’t Josh Robert Thompson on this list? Hey, Variety – you’re missing someone that’s pure genius at improvisation…

  4. Arch Stanton says:

    Hey, I just wanted to let you guys know you accidentally put a white guy on this list.

    • Anon says:

      Come on, they had to include at least one token white guy, unfortunately they’re more transparent than they thought.

  5. Chris Roe says:

    Roy Wood Jr will have you laughing your face off. If you haven’t seen him live, YOU MUST!

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