Impact: Ross kicked the year off with a second season of Comedy Central’s “The Burn With Jeff Ross.” The Roastmaster General offered up his fiery stylings for the “Comedy Central Roast of James Franco,” and has appeared on every one of the network’s roasts since 2005.
Next: Ross plays a wedding singer in upcoming pic “The Wedding Ringer,” which stars Kevin Hart, Josh Gad and Kaley Cuoco. He’ll also appear with fellow funnymen Marc Maron and Eric Andre in “Flock of Dudes.”
Impact: The former “Simpsons” scribe-producer premiered a stand-up special “Dana Gould: I Know It’s Wrong” on Showtime in June. Aside from embarking on a robust comedy tour, Gould also kept busy this year with his podcast “The Dana Gould Hour.”
Next: Will appear in the TNT miniseries “Mob City” this December, as well as Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger’s documentary “Long Live the King” next year.
Aziz Ansari, Headliner
Impact: In addition to starring on the Peacock’s “Parks and Recreation,” Ansari debuted his third standup special, “Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive,” Nov. 1 on Netflix. The “Buried Alive” tour saw Ansari provoking laughs in 75 cities worldwide.
Next: Ansari has a fourth standup special in the works, which he hopes to tour at large theaters in the spring. And of course, he’ll continue to serve up that unique Tom Haverford charm on “Parks.”
Impact: After an eight-season turn on “Weeds,” Nealon has shifted his attention to touring. His latest standup special, “Whelmed … But Not Overly” premiered on Showtime last summer, and the album hit stores in May. He also made guest appearances on “Drunk History” and “The League.”
Next: Nealon appears in Elizabeth Banks starrer “Walk of Shame,” which is slated for a March release, as well as “The Familymoon” with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, which is set to bow in May.
Impact: Spade reprised the role of Marcus Higgins for this summer’s “Grown Ups 2,” which grossed $245 million, while ending his six-year run as Russell Dunbar on CBS’ “Rules of Engagement.” He also starred in and produced several Funny or Die sketches, including the “Inappropriate Pilot Outtakes” series and a “Catfish” spoof.
Next: Taping his Comedy Central special at Hollywood’s Fonda Theater on Dec. 5. Tickets available on axs.com.
Impact: After a long and varied television career, Carolla took his fanbase along with him to his daily podcast “The Adam Carolla Show,” which continues to be highly downloaded, and boasts recurring guest stars including Larry David and Greg Fitzsimmons.
Next: In keeping with his interest in automobiles, he will be making a race-car documentary centering on actor-turned-racer Paul Newman, along with continuing his podcast.
Impact: Thanks in part to the efforts of a rabid fanbase, “Community” lived to see a fourth season, with McHale starring. He also continues to host the E! clip show “The Soup,” now in its ninth season.
Next: In addition to starring in a fifth season of “Community” and projects “Beware the Night” and “The Familymoon,” he will play the son of Robin Williams and Candice Bergen in “A Friggin’ Christmas Miracle.”