GQ‘s annual comedy issue is on stands now — with recent SNL host Dwayne Johnson on the cover — and as is tradition, the issue names this year’s “New Class of Comedy,” a handful of comedians and writers poised for their really big breaks.
This year’s New Class includes Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom, Crashing creator and stand-up Pete Holmes, Detroiters’ Tim Robinson and Sam Richardson, Catastrophe co-star Sharon Horgan, I’m Sorry writer and star Andrea Savage, Hood Adjacent host and stand-up James Davis, Insecure‘s Issa Rae, and co-creators of Netflix’s Love, Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin.
Because comedians can rarely be celebrated without making them the butt of a joke, GQ dressed the group up in ill-fitting throwback outfits, complete with uglifying makeup, for their big photoshoot. It’s kind of mean but also, everyone looks amazing (especially awkward marching band kid Holmes).
The photos are running alongside a transcript of a roundtable discussion on the state of TV comedies, and their visions for their own shows.
Here are all the comics’ yearbook-style shots: