Variety’s 2021 Comedy Impact Report

Comedy Impact Report 2021
Burnham: Michael Buckner; Ziwe: Myles Loftin/Showtime; Ornelas: Reginald Cunningham

It’s safe to say there hasn’t been a whole lot to laugh about over the past 12 months. From a deadly pandemic to political strife and the encroaching doom of climate change, all the way to the quarantine-related closures of comedy clubs, the impossibility of touring, and the stop-start struggle of shooting, it’s been harder than ever just to get a joke across. So all credit to the 35 talents, writers, creators and agents below, who kept the laughs coming even through the darkest of timelines.