The next wave of NYC comics: Cope, Cunningham, Drucker, Goodman, O'Connor, St. Germain, and SullivanThe comedy hierarchy can be a frustrating thing for aspiring comics. You can't get booked on the top shows because the people who book those shows haven't seen you perform. And since you can't get booked on those shows, the people who put together TV showcases and big festivals don't see you.
If you're lucky, someone refers you and you get a shot. Otherwise, it's a waiting game. Quality bubbles up eventually, but sometimes it takes longer than it should.
I'm in the trenches watching small shows all the time so maybe I can help. Below is a list of the NYC comics (along with five-word or less descriptions) that I think should be the next wave to hit big.
I decided to only include comics whom 1) I've seen multiple times and 2) do NOT have any of the following:
1. A major TV credit
2. An appearance at the Just for Laughs Festival
3. A nomination for an ECNY award
(Kinda arbitrary but I wanted some kinda parameters.) If you have something to say about any of those things, keep an eye out for these guys. And if you produce a show in NYC, you should definitely book 'em.
David Cope: Witty one-liners, suave delivery.
Luke Cunningham: Rapid-fire, intelligent clubby style.
Mike Drucker: Great writer, Onion/SNL/McSweeney's.
Dan Goodman: Sharp, offensive, not for everyone.
Sean O’Connor: Intentional awkwardness plus lotsa likability.
Dan St. Germain: Huge act outs, underrated writer.
Brent Sullivan: Subtle and smart. Comedy for adults.
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