13 Going on 30: Young Comedians On the Rise

young comedians on the rise

The comedy world is constantly changing. Legends like Lenny Bruce and Rodney Dangerfield rose to stardom and inspired another wave of comic genius that included Mitch Hedburg and Jim Gaffigan who inspired another wave and another wave. The cycle continued, and will continue, as long as people like to laugh.

This newest group of young comedians is rising through the ranks and they are building their acts. They have raw, fresh talent that has already brought them early successes with TV appearances, album releases, festival performances and YouTube hits. They’ve built impressive followings in the comedy circuits in New York and L.A., on college campuses, and though social media, and deserve even more recognition for their individual brands of comedy. They are 13 comics under the age of 30 and they are the next wave.

1.  Bo Burnham @Boburnham

Bo Burnham is known for his satirical and absurd songwriting. After becoming a YouTube sensation, he signed a four-record release with Comedy Central in 2008. He has since polished his standup routine and has written a book of poetry called “Egghead: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone”

2.  Pete Davidson @Petedavidson

Pete Davidson started doing standup at age 16 and was noticed by Nick Cannon at 17. He is a series regular on Guy Code, Wild ‘N’ Out and Failosophy. He was also on “Comedy Underground Live with Dave Attell” in July.  At 20 years old, he’s the youngest performer on our list.

3.  Beth Stelling  @BethStelling

Beth Stelling started in Chicago and is now an L.A. based comic whom Patton Oswalt listed as one of his favorite up-and-coming standups on a Reddit AMA. She was a New Face of Comedy in the 2011 Just For Laughs Montreal Festival, and has appeared on Conan and @Midnight.

4.  Jerrod Carmichael  @NotoriousROD

Jerrod Carmichael can be seen performing at clubs in LA like The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store, and The Improv. This year, he was in Neighbors and recorded an HBO standup special directed by Spike Lee. He also performed at Just For Laughs Montreal, and Moontower in Austin.

5.  Eliza Skinner @ElizaSkinner

In addition to working as a standup comic, Eliza Skinner has written for Showtime, Xbox, and Joan Rivers’ Fashion Police. She has also created digital shorts which have gone viral on Funnyordie and CollegeHumor.  She’s also opened for Patton Oswalt and Bobcat Goldthwait.

6. Andrew Schulz @andrewschulz

Andrew Shulz has been involved in Hip Hop Squares, Failosophy, the VMAs and MTV Movie Awards (all on MTV), Music Choice’s Certified, and BET’s The Rewind and The Blog Report. Schulz recently filmed FX pilot Bronx Warrants and acted in an indie film called Victor.

7.  Chris Distefano @ChrisDcomedy

Chris Distefano made his network televison debut on The Late Show with David Letterman last summer. He performs regularly on the New York comedy circuit and he’s a regular on Guy Code.

8.  Justine Marino @JustineMachine

Justine Marino started taking classes at The Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade when she moved to LA and eventually started doing standup. She has a weekly podcast online called Let’s Eat Cake on ToadHopNetwork.com.

9.  Mark Normand  @Marknorm

Mark Normand was born and raised in New Orleans,  but now is based in NY. In 2013, he appeared on Conan and Inside Amy Schumer, among other programs. He also won Caroline’s March Madness competition, beating out 63 other comedians.

10.  Cameron Esposito @Cameronesposito

Cameron Esposito is an LA based comic who has appeared on Late Late with Craig Ferguson on CBS, NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly, and IFC’s Maron, among other programs. She hosts two podcasts, and has her own standup show.

11.  Daniel Sloss @Daniel_Sloss

Daniel Sloss is a Scottish comedian who started out doing open mics and was a finalist in the UK’s So You Think You’re Funny?. He premieres his new show Daniel Sloss – Really…?! at Edinburgh Fringe in August.  And he’s only 23!

12.  Emily Heller @MrEmilyHeller

Emily Heller has appeared on Conan, on the third season of John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show on Comedy Central, and was one of the New Faces at the 2012 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. She’s been named Comic to Watch by both Variety and Comedy Central and you can read our interview with her from earlier this year right here.

13.  Alingon Mitra  @Alingon

Alingon Mitra was a contestant on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, a New Face of comedy at JFLMTL, and winner of the Boston Comedy Festival and the “Funniest Comic in New England” contests in the same year. He also wrote for the Harvard Lampoon.
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