Every year, Variety announces an annual 10 Comics to Watch list around the time of the Just For Laughs festival. However, with 2020 being 2020, things got shifted around. Well, this week, the list is here. As always, there’s some on there that you would expect, and then a few you wouldn’t. But that’s always part of the fun.
In the past, the list has included names such as Patton Oswalt, Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, Tiffany Haddish, Ralphie May, Nikki Glaser, Maria Bamford, Roy Wood Jr., Nate Bargatze, Zach Galifianakis, and Whitney Cummings, among countless other big names in the comedy scene.
Check out this year’s list.
Sarah Cooper – Cooper became a sensation with her videos lip-synching Donald Trump’s speeches. She is the author of the bestselling books 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings and How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings, both of which are in development as series. Her upcoming Netflix special was just announced.
Chad Goes Deep – The comedy duo of Tom Allen (a.k.a. “Chad Kroeger”) and JT Parr have enjoyed viral success with their videos attending city council meetings and distributing masks to residents of Huntington Beach and recently appeared on Howard Stern’s show. They host the podcast and webseries Chad Goes Deep and are developing an animated series with Hulu.
Franqi French – The 2019 winner of NBC’s National Stand-Up Comedy competition, French is the creator and host of the virtual shows #debatableAF, where comics debate current topics, and French Roast, where comics roast guests in their own home. Her stand-up special Pardon My French is due next year.
Ziwe Fumudoh – A writer on Showtime’s Desus & Mero, Fumudoh is known for her popular weekly Instagram Live show and her musical comedy album Generation Ziwe. She is currently at work on a book titled The Book of Ziwe.
Caleb Hearon – Known for his popular Twitter and Instagram videos, Hearon has appeared on Showtime’s Work in Progress and will be seen in the new season of FX’s Fargo. He’s a writer on Netflix’s upcoming animated series Human Resources, a spinoff of Big Mouth.
Janelle James – After touring with Chris Rock and Amy Schumer, James took over the reins of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival (now The Janelle James Comedy Festival) in Brooklyn. She just finished a second season as a staff writer on Showtime’s Black Monday and is currently a writer and voice actor on Apple TV Plus’ Central Park.
Dewayne Perkins – A co-producer on NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine and a consulting producer on the upcoming Peacock reboot of Saved by the Bell, Perkins is currently co-writing the feature film The Blackening with Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip), based on the viral short of the same name written by Perkins and performed with his improvisational group 3Peat.
Megan Stalter – A writer and performer on the National Lampoon Radio Hour, Stalter can also be heard on Tooning Out the News on CBS All Access. She created and hosts the self-produced YouTube show The Megan Stalter Show and the podcast Confronting Demons with Megan Stalter.
Brent Terhune – Terhune has become a popular social media presence with his satirical rants about politics and currently hosts The Cafeteria podcast with Ryan Niemiller and Jonny Loquasto. He is developing a clip-based game show with EP Scott Zabielski and Arsonhouse Entertainment and his second album Bluff Creek will be released Oct 2, 2020 with On Tour Records.
Jenny Yang – An executive story editor on Fox’s Last Man Standing, Yang is the creator and host of Comedy Crossing, a popular standup comedy show held inside in the video game Animal Crossing and watched live via Zoom. She is currently at work on the competitive comedy show Everything’s Fine about the self-care industrial complex.