Every year, Just For Laughs bestows one of the most prestigious honors you can get as an up and comer; A place on their New Faces showcase. Every year, there are four different categories you can fall into: New Faces of Comedy (stand-up), New Faces: Characters (sketch), New Faces: Unrepped (comedians who don’t have manager representation), New Faces: Creators (digital content creators), and New Faces: Canadian. But this being 2020, and with the festival being virtual, it seems that only the last category would be applicable this year. So here are the New Faces: Creators for 2020.
Brad Evans and Nick Ciarelli
Brad Evans and Nick Ciarelli are the pair behind last year’s viral video of Moves Like Bloomberg. So convincing was it that everybody who viewed the video assumed it was from an actual Mike Bloomberg campaign event, until Bloomberg’s campaign dubbed the event as fake. In addition to that stunt, the pair have written for The Tonight Show, Billy on the Street, and Comedy Bang! Bang!, as well as creating other videos, including a Stranger Things parody earlier this year.
2020 seems to be the year of Caleb Hearon. In addition to being named one of the Just For Laughs New Faces: Creators, Hearon was also listed as one of Variety’s Comics to Watch. And of course, his viral videos are also of note (hence his inclusion on this list). Caleb has performed with Second City, iO in Chicago, The Hideout, and is a writer on the upcoming Big Mouth spin-off, Human Resources.
J. Snow is a stand-up, writer, director, musician, and actor who has been pretty prolific over the last handful of years, having built up a following online via YouTube thanks to his videos which have totaled accumulated over 30 million views. In addition, J. Snow has also done work for Fear Factor, Wild ‘n Out, Safeword, and VH1’s Hip Hop Squares, and last year he wrote and directed his own short film, Flawed.
Quarantine seems to be the time that allows Mary Neely to produce the kind of videos she has always wanted to. Videos that include weird takeoffs on musicals such as Beauty and the Beast, Grease, Hamilton, Phantom of the Opera, and more. But she has been producing weird and quirky videos long before just quarantine. She’s also an actress, who has shown up in the recent Valley Girl remake and The Good Cop.
You may have seen Rekha before as she was writing and starring in videos for College Humor, because they had a staffing shakeup not too long ago. She also was featured in the recent Between Two Ferns movie as well as having written for Netflix’s Astronomy Club sketch series. She is now currently writing again for Netflix, this time for Magic for Humans.
Samata is currently serving as the senior Vice President for Enterprise Inclusion, content strategy for WarnerMedia. Previously, she also served as the President of Comedy Development and Current Programming for FOX. While there, she would oversee production on Bob’s Burgers, The Last Man on Earth, New Girl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Mindy Project. So it’s safe to say that, while not a comedian herself, her mark has definitely been made.