We get exposed to a lot of comedy up here in the TLB Towers and over the years we’ve gotten the chance to watch some comedians rise and become bigger and bigger each year. Now that the beginning of 2013 is upon us we came up with a list of comedians that we think you must keep your eye on in 2013. Why are they on this list? Could be we think they’re the next one to breakout. Could be we think they’re going to have big year. Could be we’re excited about an upcoming special they’re releasing. Could be we just like them and want to offer them up some more cyber ink. Each are all at varying levels of their respective careers and each of them are comedians to keep an eye on in 2013.
With every list we make there’s someone that’s not going like what we do. But that’s what the comments section is for, use it. Or as others might say, write me or fight me!
2012 was the first full year Mike Lawrence made his living as a comedian. Headed into the new year it will become very obvious that Lawrence has many more of those types of years ahead of him. Lawrence is on our list for the next comedian we’re all going to get into Internet nerd fights with about just how lame/terrible/awesome/overrated the next Avengers movie is going to be. Between that, some late night appearances and the recent announcement of him getting his own half-hour special, Lawrence is one to watch in 2013.
Yeah we know that you dear comedy fans already know who the heck Nick Kroll is. And our response is simple, “f*ck off kid, this list isn’t about all unheard of people.” But it is about comedians we think are going to have an impact in 2013 and Kroll is at the top of our list. He’s already created a supporting character of legend in Ruxin on The League and Kroll is now about to step into the lead role with his new series Kroll Show. It’s because of this show your friends who don’t pay attention to anything will finally make the statement, “This new guy Nick Kroll, he’s really funny!” To which you can roll your eyes back at them in a condescending manner as you think about finally making hipper friends.
Anthony Jeselnik is another comedian poised to have a banner year. With a new stand-up special just dropping on the public and a forthcoming new TV show this February. This might just be the year Jeselnik breaks beyond the dirty Roast comic performing at college campuses to the dirty Roast comic performing at arenas.
Dan Soder is a quick riser, we first caught wind of him opening for Anthony Jeselnik and Nick Thune in 2011. Then it seems like he exploded overnight in 2012. Hitting the road more and more, landing a co-hosting spot on Robert Kelly’s You Know What Dude? podcast. To literally just making his late night TV debut, 2013 might be the year of Soder… Now, if he can just get himself his own website. UPDATE: He can!
Jim Jeffereies has been kicking around the comedy scene for a long time. But 2013 has the potential to be Jim’s year. With a brand new FX TV show, Legit, that’s dark, edgy, and hilarious there’s a great chance that FX could do for Jefferies what it did for Louis C.K. and that is help out a well-respected, talented comedian find a big national audience.
You may know Erik Griffin as the character of Montez from the hit TV show Workaholics. But knowing he’s set to release his first-ever comedy album this March, and a touring schedule that will keep him incredibly busy through the year. Not only that, Griffin too was recently tapped to tape his first-ever half hour special for Comedy Central. So he won’t be hanging out in the background much longer.
Nikki Glaser is the perfect mix of comic smarts and mainstream appeal. This winter her new live pop culture show with comedian/podcasting partner Sara Schaefer will premiere on MTV. With it comes a good chance Glaser will be the new obsession of new late night TV watchers whose older sister jumped on the Chelsea Handler boat, but are looking for something new to call their own.
Julian was on the lineup for the first ever Laugh Button Live! show we produced. Ever since that day we’ve been diehard fans. You might recognize McCullough from various clip shows on television, or the late night show Love You, Meant It where he’s currently the right hand comedian to host Whitney Cummings. Julian will release a new album this year and we’re ready for it to be one of our favorite releases.