Variety has named its 10 comics to watch for 2022. This year’s winners will be featured in the July 20 issue of Variety and be honored at this year’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, taking place in Montreal July 13-31. A panel and cocktail will take place on July 29, followed by a presentation of performances on July 30.
Variety presents the list of 10 comics to watch since 2000 and includes names such as Tiffany Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt and Quinta Brunson.
The list is made up of comedians, writers and content creators selected by a panel that includes Variety publishers and those in the comedy community who scout, book, pitch and represent comics.
According to Christine Walters, Creative Director, Just For Laughs ComedyPRO and ComedyCON: “We can’t wait to welcome the hilarious new class of Variety 10 comics to watch in this year of the 40th anniversary of the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. The past few years have shown us how vital live comedy is to the human experience. We’re thrilled to be able to come together again in person to celebrate this well-organized and gifted group of comics and creators.
Adds Steven Gaydos, Senior Vice President of Global Content/Editor of Variety: “At a time when comedians are the subject of opinion pieces about their physical safety – thanks to onstage violence against Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle – questions of tone, timeliness and that ever-elusive line between hilarious and hurtful have never been stronger.This year’s lineup of VarietyThe 10 comics to watch are all slick and all bold, a great sign that the changing times aren’t intimidating the new generation of satirists and holy cow punchers that any free society desperately needs.
The 10 comics to watch this year are:
rosebud baker — A writer on “Saturday Night Live,” Baker’s “Rosebud Baker: Whiskey Fists” special is available on Comedy Central Digital and she will be seen in the Netflix series “It’s My Time With David Letterman.”
JR De Guzman – NBC Stand-up winner De Guzman was a JFL New Face in 2017. He is currently on his ‘JR De Guzman: An Evening’ theater tour and can be seen in ‘The Comedy Lineup’ on Netflix. His comedy album “Dual Citizen” hit number 1 on Billboard and iTunes.
Vanessa Gonzalez – Gonzalez is currently opening for Chelsea Handler’s ‘Vaccinated and Horny Tour’ and has been seen on ‘The Late Late Show With James Corden’ and ‘The Garcias’. His comedy album “My Birthday’s Tomorrow” is now available on iTunes and Spotify.
Jay Jurden – An original writer on Apple TV+’s “The Problem With Jon Stewart,” Jurden has been seen on NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” and Comedy Central’s “Featuring.” His comedy album, “Jay Jurden Y’all,” debuted at No. 1 on iTunes.
Matteo Lane – An oil painter and opera singer before getting into comedy, Lane can be seen on Netflix’s ‘The Comedy Lineup’ and co-hosts the ‘Inside the Closet’ podcast with Emma Willmann.
Claudia O’Doherty – The Aussie comic has previously appeared on Netflix’s ‘Love’ and the movie ‘Trainwreck’ and can currently be seen stealing scenes from Peacock’s ‘Killing It’.
Atsuko Okatsuka – Okatsuka’s show “The Intruder” is on tour until August, playing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She recently made her late night debut on ‘The Late Late Show With James Corden’ and can be heard on ‘Fairview’.
Blair Socici – Socci hosts the “Dear Owen Wilson” podcast for iHeart Radio and lends his voice to Comedy Central’s animated series “Fairview” and upcoming feature “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” for Adult Swim.
Moses Storm – After starring on ‘Last Comic Standing’ and ‘Conan,’ this year Storm saw the HBO Max comedy special ‘Trash White,’ which he wrote, engineered, co-directed and co-edited.
Sheng Wang — A stand-up star on HBO’s “2 Dope Queens” and a writer on “Fresh Off the Boat,” Wang will film his first Netflix special this summer, produced by Ali Wong.