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UCB performers named amongst Paste Magazine's "20 Best Comedians of 2013"


Paste Magazine December 1, 2013
The 20 Best Comedians of 2013
by Ryan Bort

It’s 2013, and comedians have more platforms for success than ever. Gone are the days when making it was limited to landing a spot on Carson or Letterman, then maybe a movie, TV series or stand-up special. Comedy Central is growing faster than ever, handing out deals for shows and web series left and right, as are other networks like FX, IFC and, of course, the major broadcast networks. No discipline has taken better advantage of both podcasting and Twitter, which have allowed some true talents to find their niche and gain the recognition they deserve. Comedy is everywhere, and regardless of how offbeat your sense of humor is, there’s a place for it.

And thank god for all these new avenues for humor, because it also seems like there are more funny people working than ever before. It might be a “chicken or the egg” situation, but when it comes down to it it doesn’t really matter. It’s easier than ever to find a laugh—whether you’re in your car, in front of your computer or TV or in a comedy club—and that can only be a good thing. So without further ado, here are our 20 favorite comedians from 2013:

20. Anthony Jeselnik

Though his irreverent Comedy Central show The Jeselnik Offensive was recently canceled after two seasons (both of which aired in 2013), it’s hard to argue that Anthony Jeselnik hasn’t had a big year. Landing his own show was a huge step up from roasting the likes of Donald Trump and Charlie Sheen, and his latest special Caligula was released in January.

19. Doug Benson

It might seem counterintuitive that a stoner of Doug Benson’s caliber is also one of the busiest comedians in the game, but such is the case, especially so over the course of 2013. In addition to releasing a new comedy CD, Gateway Doug, this summer, Benson has continued his popular “Doug Loves Movies” podcast, as well as filming a bevy of “Getting Doug with High” segments, in which comics come by to smoke with Benson at 4:20 (his phone alarm goes off everyday at 4:19), before having an enlightened discussion.

18. Chelsea Peretti

Chelsea Peretti has one of comedy’s best Twitter accounts, her stand-up is hilarious, she’s written for everything from Parks and Rec to Kroll Show and now she’s starring opposite Andy Samberg in the year’s biggest breakout comedy, Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It’s an esteemed quad-fecta of comedic success, and as Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s popularity increases, so will Peretti’s name recognition.

17. Kumail Nanjiani

16. Maria Bamford

15. Chris Hardwick

14. Nick Kroll

2013 has seen Nick Kroll transform from “that guy from The League” into “Nick Kroll.” He’s become a fixture around the world of comedy, guesting regularly on podcasts like Comedy Bang Bang, sharing the dais on Comedy Central’s roast of James Franco and landing his very own sketch show, Kroll Show, on the same network.

13. Jim Norton

12. Key & Peele

11. Pete Holmes

10. Tig Notaro

9. Mike Birbiglia

8. Kevin Hart

7. Amy Schumer

6. Rob Delaney

It’s been a huge year for the reigning king of comedy in 140 characters or less. Rob Delaney is now on the verge of eclipsing one million Twitter followers, an impressive feat for someone whose fame has come almost entirely from his work on the micro blog. In addition to his tweets and stand-up, in Delaney released his own board game, “Rob Delaney’s War of Words,” and, most recently, published his “memoir” Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.

5. Bill Burr

4. Hannibal Buress

3. John Mulaney

John Mulaney made a name for himself as a stand-up in 2013, but might be poised for an even bigger breakout next year. His Comedy Central special New In Town will hit Netflix in January, and Fox recently picked up Mulaney, a show based on his life that he will write, executive produce and, of course, star in. He’s come a long way in a short time since writing for SNL, where, most notably, he co-created and co-wrote Bill Hader’s “Stefon” appearances on Weekend Update. As we’re all beginning to realize, though, Mulaney is way too likable to stay behind the scenes.

2. Aziz Ansari

Netflix recently had the priviledge of exclusviely premiering Aziz Ansari’s latest stand-up special, Buried Alive, which is great for Netflix, because people freaking love Aziz Ansari. With Buried Alive, the now 30-year-old Indian-American moved from his relationship with Kanye West to more mature topics, like rejoicing at the fact that he doesn’t have kids like all of his miserable friends. A few months earlier he killed at Comedy Central’s roast of James Franco, and, of course, he’s still balling as Tom Haverford on Parks and Rec.

1. Louis C.K.