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Variety Picks 10 Comics to Watch for 2014

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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