Variety has announced the 10 comedians who, in their eyes, folks should keep an eye on in 2015. Plenty of sites compile lists, but Variety goes all out with their comedians of choice. Those who make this list are flown out to Montreal’s prestigious annual Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. These comics are featured in front of major industry players. Variety’s comics of this calendar year are include some great names as always. If you are a comedy fan, you likely know of some of these names already, but the list generally draws attention from industry. Variety’s comics of this calendar year are:
Nate Bargatze, who recently had his first one-hour special, “Full Time Magic,” air on Comedy Central. Read our recent interview with Nate here.
Nikki Glaser, who just landed her own one-hour special on Comedy Central as well as her own series on the network, entitled, “Not Safe with Nikki Glaser.”
Kate Berlant, who has worked as a writer for “Billy On The Street.”
Tone Bell, a former winner of NBC’s Stand-up For Diversity competition and co-star of NBC’s “People Are Talking” who recently sold a pilot script he wrote to FX.
Ricky Velez, correspondent on “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.”
Bridgett Everett, musical comedy powerhouse who has opened for Patton Oswalt at Carnegie Hall, recurring actress on “Inside Amy Schumer,” and has her own special, “Bridget Everett: Gynecological Wonder,” premiering on Comedy Central in July. We talked with Bridget just two months ago before she headed to Moontower.
Flula Borg, a YouTube star with over half a million subscribers.
Bianca Del Rio, currently performing on the “Rolodex of Hate” tour, winner of “Rupaul’s Drag Race,” set to star in the film “Hurricane Bianca.”
Mega64, a sketch comedy group that focuses on gaming. Their members are Shawn Chatfield, Rocco Botte, and Derrick Acosta.
The Grawlix, a trio whose show “Those Who Can’t” is set to be TruTV’s first half-hour scripted comedy series. Their members are Ben Roy, Adam Clayton-Holland, and Andrew Overdahl.
Now in their 16th year, Variety’s annual list has a pretty solid track record at predicting future comedy stars. Their first “Comics To Watch” in 2000 included comedians Louis CK, Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, and Maria Bamford. No word on whatever happened to those guys.