5 Comedians You Need to Know in 2016

By Alison Tracy

December 30, 2015

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson started their comedic pairing in the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre in NYC. With Amy Poehler’s support, they took Broad City to network television featuring comedy names like Hannibal Buress, Seth Rogan, and Janeane Garofalo. Broad City has been renewed for a third season and has seen high accolades. This new year will most likely see this pair moving on to even bigger things.

Kate Berlant


Kate Berlant has a method of delivery akin to psychological word vomit. Her stand up is a surrealistic trip through a stream-of-conscious subversive ramble. She has a charming dry wit that somehow manages to make even her feminist rants palatable and silly. As smooth as Chelsea Peretti and as dry as Todd Barry, Berlant is on the verge of becoming a major player in stand-up and sketch comedy.

Fortune Feimster


Belmont, NC-raised comedian Fortune Feimster has a level of self awareness that some people desperately need. Her rant on This is Not Happening about being a redneck lesbian abroad in Spain is amusingly awkward and painful, and is delivered with just enough audible eyeroll mockery that you truly understand her culture shock. Feimster has had numerous cameos across multiple network comedies, and has now paired with Tina Fey to create her own show.

Hari Kondabolu


If Lewis Black were calmer and more racially charged, he’d be Hari Kondabolu. Gone are the days of Lenny Bruce and the Daily Show and its associated comedians can’t be the only voice of social and political rational comedic thought. Hari Kondabolu is picking up the torch and running with it. Though green in a lot of his delivery, his wit shines through as a snide and vicious voice to expect.

Brooks Wheelan


You may recognize Brooks Wheelan from the year he spent on SNL prior to tweeting “Fired from New York! It’s Saturday Night!” His stand up has the common storytelling dynamic, but he lends a unique voice with emphatic exclamations about white people and his father slipping into a deranged downward spiral when he told him a possum got in the shed. Whelan just released his first comedy album in January 2015, entitled This is Cool, Right?, and recently appeared in an episode of Girls.

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