For the past 15 years, Variety has picked ten up-and-coming comedians to feature in their annual “Comics to Watch,” list. This year, the honor goes to Cristela Alonzo, Pete Davidson, Fortune Feimster, Nathan Fielder, Ron Funches, Harvard Sailing Team, Grace Helbig, The Lucas Brothers, Greg Poehler, and Lena Waithe.
Cristela Alonzo’s stock is on the rise. She’s appeared on late night, had a Comedy Central Half Hour special, and is starring in a new sitcom she created for ABC this fall called, Cristela. Pete Davidson is only 20 years old and already has hit many comedy milestones including a regular role on MTV’s Guy Code, and stand-up performances on Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Devine’s House Party and Comedy Underground with Dave Attell.
Fortune Feimster has long been a regular panelist on Chelsea Lately. She’s also performed on Conan, and recently recorded a Half Hour special set to air next week. Nathan Fielder is of course best known for is break-out series Nathan For You on Comedy Central, coming back for its second season June 24th.
Ron Funches is the second comedian on the list with a Half Hour special this year. Funches has performed on Conan, made multiple appearances on Kroll Show and @Midnight, and is a cast member on NBC’s new show Undateable. The Harvard Sailing Team is a nine-person sketch troupe comprised of Jen Curran, Rebecca Delgado Smith, Clayton Early, Faryn Einhorn, Katie Larsen, Adam Lustick, Billy Scafuri, Chris Smith and Sara Taylor. They’ve created many viral videos, such as the hilarious, “Boys Will Be Girls.”
Grace Helbig is a rising Youtube star, best known her popular Daily Grace videos. The Lucas Brothers are comedy duo, twins Keith and Kenny Lucas. They have performed stand-up on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Adam Devine’s House Party, and created the animated Fox series Lucas Bros Moving Co. Greg Poehler is best known for creating the new Swedish (and soon to be American) TV series Welcome to Sweden he produced alongside his sister Amy Poehler. Lena Waithe is an up-and-coming writer and producer. She stars in the satirical feature film Dear White People, and created the series Twenties, both of which are generated much critical buzz.