JFL Montreal’s New Faces, the annual class of comedians deemed to be watched as they’re on the rise, is a tightly held secret until the moment it’s announced and, fortunately, the moment is here. 59 folks got handpicked by the powers that be at Just For Laughs to be this year’s New Faces of Comedy (which includes a brand new “New Faces: Canada” category).
Much love to some of our favorites Hannah Einbinder, Punkie Johnson, Carmen Angelica, Logan Guntzelman, Sam Tallent, Haley Hepworth, Brad Silnutzer, Anna Drezen, Dewayne Perkins, and Opey Olagbaju!
NEW FACES OF COMEDY
Anna Drezen Brad Silnutzer Brendan Scannell Chanel Ali Dan Licata Dewayne Perkins Hannah Einbinder Isabel Hagen Jay Jurden Joe Praino Kevin Iso Logan Guntzelman Matty Ryan Opey Olagbaju Punkie Johnson Reggie Conquest Shane Gillis Shapel Lacey Tacarra Williams Tien Tran Tyree Elaine
NEW FACES: CHARACTERS
Allison Dunbar George Aivaliotis Haley Hepworth Michael Churven Michael Van Schoick Rachel Pegram Shukri R. Abdi Taylor Ortega Thomas Whittington Tristan Griffin
NEW FACES: UNREPPED
Andrew Murphy Andrew Stanley Craig Conant Drew Dunn Janae Burris Jordan Jensen Lael O’Shaughnessy Napoleon Emill Sean Grant Sam Tallent Tina Friml
NEW FACES: CREATORS
Benito Skinner Brad Gage Carmen Angelica Felipe Di Poi Jennah Brittany Tiny Chef (Rachel Larsen, Adam Reid and Ozlem Akturk) Tutweezy aka Darius Tutwiler
NEW FACES: CANADA
Bee Bertrand Brett Forte Cassie Cao Charles Haycock Hisham Kelati Leonard Chan Rebecca Reeds Rob Bebenek Tranna Wintour Yumi Nagashima
As you can see in the byline, we had a hand in making this list happen and feel honored to do so at Vulture.
Sure, we’re a bit biased (though we reached out to all sorts of industry folks in the know on who they thought you should watch out for and compiled a list from them-so maybe not too biased on our end?), but it’s one of the lists of comedians to watch that we think you can really rely on.
Also, there are 21 picks we made, but, as some of them are groups or duos, it added up to 39, FYI.
In response to this controversial THR article by Seth Abramovitchthat indeed claims, “…a newer comic just breaking into the L.A. circuit can earn anywhere from $1,250 to $2,500 per week,” many of LA’s stalwart comedians gave Vulture the true figures as to what they’ve actually made while trying to come up in LA (spoiler alert: it’s a lot of drink tickets, if anything at all).
What’s essential to understand is that being in comedy involves being in it for the sheer love of it, then trying to figure out how you can patch enough gigs, comedy-related or no, to make any sort of living. From there, a select few actually do get to make the so-called “big bucks”, but it’s pretty much feast or famine (that’s the case for most creative endeavors by the way).