Everyone knows the stand up legends - Carlin, Pryor, C.K. - these guys all have hugely popular specials on Netflix. But what about the comedians we’ll be talking about in 15 years? Here are ten really funny people you should check out, regardless of whether or not they become super famous.
1. Rory Scovel
When he’s not stealing every scene he’s in as a part of TBS’s “Ground Floor”, Scovel is an improvisational wizard creating one-of-a-kind stand up performances that set the bar for what modern comedy can be. That’s not to say that his writing isn’t phenomenal as well (it is) but Scovel’s magic lies in being able to produce comedy seemingly out of thin air, never to be duplicated again. His instant likeability, coupled with a commanding stage presence and hysterical observations, whether ad-libbed or written, have made Rory Scovel into one of the world’s funniest performers.
2. Tig Notaro
If you consider yourself a fan of comedy and you don’t know Tig, then stop reading this and go listen to her album “Live”. Like, immediately. The comedian, known for her work on Inside Amy Schumer and The Sarah Silverman Program, received a Grammy nomination for this honest, emotional and riotously funny set of stand-up that prompted comedy-king Louis CK to tweet “In 27 years doing this, I’ve seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro last night.” If that isn’t enough proof of Tig’s tremendous talents, then I don’t know what is.
Being able to count Jimmy Fallon and Marc Maron as two of your biggest fans is quite the achievement. Bargatze, who has appeared on both of the aforementioned comedians’ programs (The Tonight Show and WTF, respectively), shares hilarious personal anecdotes in his signature, slow, southern drawl. Although the Tennessee native’s jokes may not come at a fast pace, Bargatze’s act is anything but boring as he regales audiences with sidesplitting stories such as growing up with a professional clown for a father.
Every comma I have ever used has been a complete guess.— Nate Bargatze (@natebargatze) January 10, 2013
4. Josh Fadem
Fadem’s face may be familiar to fans of “30 Rock” or “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, but his comedic talents are far more reaching than just those small roles. A trained improviser and physical comedy technician, Fadem’s eccentric performance is a unique, energetic, and always uproarious experience. You’ve never laughed so hard while being genuinely frightened for a performer’s well being as he flails, falls, and crashes into anything in sight, but somehow manages to come up without a scratch.
5. Ron Funches
Between frequent appearances on Comedy Central’s “@midnight” and being the best part of NBC’s “Undateable”, the loveable laid-back comedian can be seen making audiences double over with laughter as he muses on topics ranging from his love of ignorant rap music to raising a son with autism. Fresh off touring the country on The Oddball Comedy Festival with the likes of Louis CK, Aziz Ansari and Jim Gaffigan, Ron Funches is making quite a name for himself. He also has one of the greatest laughs in the history of laughter.
Jerrod Carmichael is poised to become a very big name in comedy very soon. His co-starring role in Seth Rogen’s “Neighbors,” coupled with his Spike Lee-directed HBO special airing in October serve as proof that the 26 year old is one of stand up’s fastest rising stars.
A celebrated guest on pretty much every podcast in the known world it seems, Adomian is adept at creating a litany of memorable characters as well as impressive impersonations including former wrestler-turned-Governor Jesse “The Body” Ventura, Orson Welles’ Ghost, and The Sheriff Of Nottingham. Check out his debut album, “Low Hanging Fruit,” which is available now on iTunes.
Sometimes comedy comes at great expense to the one creating it, like a powerful energy ray or spell that ends up killing the wizard.— James Adomian (@JAdomian) August 11, 2014
Die-hard comedy fans might already be familiar with Kilgariff through her work on the seminal 90’s program “Mr. Show”, as well as being head writer for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, but it is the comedian/actress/musician’s work on stage that is really something to behold. Her new album, Live at The Bootleg, is the perfect showcase of her unique ability to create music that is both genuine and hilarious.
Don’t let the name or thick southern accent fool you, Billy Wayne Davis ain’t your run-of-the-mill good ole boy. Having toured the country for the better part of the last decade, Davis has become one of the funniest observers of humankind in the country and has perfected his entertaining blend of the clever, the cutting and the absurd.
There is no FUCKING way, the actual story of James Brown is PG-13.— billy wayne davis (@BillyWayneDavis) July 14, 2014
Now this may just be an excuse to cram three comedians into one spot, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that this trio (Jake Weisman, Dave Ross, & Allen Strickland Williams), along with director Pat Bishop, have been making some of the funniest content of the past couple of years. Combining the individual talents of three of the funniest up and comer’s in Los Angeles, it is no wonder why WOMEN sketches have appeared everywhere from The Huffington Post to “Tosh.0”.
Wes is a stand up comic based in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter: @wesvanhorn