Just for Laughs has New Faces, Variety has Comics to Watch, and Comedy Central has “Up Next.” All attempts at finding comedy’s most promising emerging talent.
Each of these groups annually showcase who are the young comedians that industry has their eye on and this week Comedy Central named the 18 comics who they are designating as the next crop of promising performers. The “Up Next” comedians will have the opportunity to perform at Comedy Central’s own festival and signals a bright future for those selected. CC’s third annual Clusterfest is set to run later this month, and the Up Next showcases will run on Friday and Saturday June 21st and 22nd.
Up Next will include 12 stand-ups as well as six variety performers who incorporate sketch/character/musical performances in their live sets.
One of Philly’s funniest (and now killing in New York City), Shane Gillis is on the list of stop young stand up comedians along with Chris Estrada, Molly Kearney, Shapel Lacey, Tim Miller, Julia Shiplett, Mary Beth Barone, Ayo Edebiri, Christina Galston, Luke Mones, Kaleb Stewart, and Esteban Touma. Variety performers who made the cut include Demi Adejuyigbe, Mitra Jouhari, Tim Platt, Greta Titelman, Nate Varrone, and Max Wittert.
Now in its third year, previous Up Next comedians include Jaboukie Young-White (The Daily Show with Trevor Noah), Ramy Youssef (Ramy), Bowen Yang (SNL), Patti Harrison (Shrill), Mekki Leeper (Control Room) and Sydnee Washington (The Comedy Central Creators Program).
All shows will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in the Larkin room.
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