Day: July 13, 2010

Variety names 2010 “10 Comics to Watch” list; Comedy Central to produce own list at NY festival

Today is officially pay attention to comedians day in North America, as Just For Laughs announced its list of 20 comedians who are this year's "New Faces" in Montreal, trade magazine Variety unveiled its list of "10 Comics to Watch," and Comedy Central announced its intention to produce its own "Comics to Watch" showcase in November as part of the New York Comedy Festival. Who's on which list? I published the 2010 Montreal New Faces earlier today. These 20 comedians are meant to be up-and-coming stand-ups who, as far as the show business industry is concerned, have not yet gotten their big breaks, so this is Just For Laugh's showcase to give them said big break. That's the intention, at least. Over the years, it has done just that for some, but not for all. Variety published its list of "10 Comics to Watch" today to coincide with Montreal, and hosts a reception later in the week at Montreal to toast the 10 comics. They're considered, in the eyes of the trade magazine, to be on the verge of stardom — based on the work they have accomplished in the past year and/or projects upcoming this year. For that reason, you'll usually look at the Variety list and say, oh, of course so-and-so is someone to watch because you're already watching that comedian. But not necessarily for all 10....

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Here they are: Your New Faces class of 2010 at Just For Laughs Montreal

Here is the list everyone in comedy has been waiting for the past year to see, your New Faces at the 2010 Just For Laughs Montreal comedy festival, performing for live audiences and the industry of show business tonight, Wednesday and Thursday… New Faces 1  Fortune Feimster Andy Haynes Colin Jost Mike Lawrence   Joe Mande Justin Schlegel   Jason Weems Jack Whitehall   Nick Vatterott Melissa Villasenor   New Faces 2  James Adomian Fahim Anwar   Jesse Case Karl Hess   Adrienne Iapalucci Adrian Mesa   Ms. Pat Ben Roy   Mike Vecchione Josh Wade...

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