Variety has done it again, teaming up with Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival this summer to toast 10 up-and-coming comedians who the trade magazine sees as future superstars. If they’re not already well on their way, that is.
This year’s Variety 10 Comics to Watch for 2017:
Brian Jordan Alvarez — As seen on Jane the Virgin, he’s also been nominated for awards for his webseries, “The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo.”
Rhea Butcher — Co-creator and star in the Seeso’s Take My Wife with her real-life spouse, Cameron Esposito. Her debut stand-up album, “Butcher,” was released earlier this year.
Vir Das — A Bollywood star who released the first Indian comedy special on Netflix, Abroad Understanding, shot at a stadium in India and a club in New York.
Desus Nice and Kid Mero — Hosts of Viceland’s late-night live talk show, Desus & Mero.
John Early — As seen on TBS in Search Party and Netflix in both Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and his own half-hour special for The Characters.
Tiffany Haddish — A series regular on NBC’s The Carmichael Show, a scene-stealer on the big screen in Keanu, and soon to be seen in the movie, Girls Trip.
Hasan Minhaj — A correspondent on The Daily Show who delivered the keynote at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner and also released his one-man show, Homecoming King, as a Netflix special.
Esther Povitsky — As seen on The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Netflix’s Love and Lady Dynamite, and truTV’s Cocktales With Esther.
Jesus Trejo — As seen on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, and previously on TBS’ Sullivan and Son.
Liza Treyger — As seen on @midnight and as well as C.K.’s series Horace and Pete.