Just For Laughs Comedy Festival Sets 2021 New Faces Showcase Lineup – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: The Just For Laughs comedy pageant has revealed the contributors and gameplan for its 2021 New Faces, its marquee discovery stand-up showcase that over time has served as a launching pad for up-and-coming expertise like Jimmy Fallon, Gabriel Iglesias, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Ali Wong and Pete Davidson to call just a few.

It is a part of this yr’s version of the pageant, which kicks off right this moment and runs by way of Saturday that includes in-person stand-up exhibits in its dwelling base of Montreal in addition to for the primary time exhibits in Los Angeles and New York City due to journey restrictions as a result of pandemic.

New Faces can be adjusting. For the primary time since 1996, the New Faces and New Faces: Characters sequence might be taking
place in Los Angeles, whereas New Faces: Canada will happen in Montreal. All 4 showcases might be streamed online for all ComedyPRO go holders (extra particulars here).

Los Angeles’ Dynasty Typewriter will host the New Faces of Comedy showcases Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. PT. and the New Faces: Characters showcase Thursday at 4 p.m. PT. The New Faces: Canada showcase might be at Club Soda in Montreal on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

“New Faces has been a launch pad for so many blockbuster comedians over the years,” JFL president Bruce Hills mentioned. “Our festival has offered undiscovered talent a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase their best material in front of the most influential tastemakers in the industry. We can’t wait to see what this year’s group has in store.”

Here is the lineup for every of the showcases, with descriptions for every comic through JFL:


Group 1


New Faces 2021 Group 1

Aaron Weber is a standup comic based mostly in Nashville. Weber is an everyday performer on the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, making his debut in 2019 because the youngest standup comic ever to step into the Opry circle. Later that yr, he made his tv debut on the Opry’s Circle Network, internet hosting two episodes of Stand Up Nashville. You can at present hear Aaron on The Nateland Podcast with Nate Bargatze and Brian Bates, the place the three Nashville-based comedians deal with necessary world points.

Abby Roberge is a humorist initially from Vancouver B.C. now based mostly in Los Angeles, who’s a born and raised Hare Krishna. He performs in golf equipment and theaters all around the US and Canada together with residencies on the Laugh Factory Las Vegas. He has appeared in NBC’s pilot So Close and Modern Family. Videos of his standup and sketches have been considered over 80 million instances.

Ariel Elias is a comic based mostly in New York City. Growing up, this Kentucky Jew made everybody chortle at her bat mitzvah, and the remainder is historical past. Ariel has been described as “a sly young comic from Kentucky” by the New York Times. She can be a contributing author to As Goes Wisconsin, a information and politics-based present for, you guessed it, Wisconsin. Notably, she has written for Will Smith’s Snapchat present Will From Home, and carried out on the set of Amazon Prime’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Brian Simpson is a humorist based mostly in Los Angeles, CA. His background as a foster youngster and Marine Corps veteran has led to a uncommon mixture of life experiences that he manages to channel into an aggressively hilarious and refreshingly distinctive standpoint. Brian is a paid common on the World-Famous Comedy Store and not too long ago made his TV debut on Comedy Central’s Lights Out with David Spade. You can catch him subsequent on Season 3 of The Standups which is able to premiere on Netflix later this yr.

Danielle Perez is a Los Angeles based mostly comic, actor, author and incapacity rights activist. Profiled by The Los Angeles Times after a standout efficiency within the 2020 CBS/Viacom Showcase, Danielle could be seen in season 2 of the Emmy nominated sequence Special streaming now on Netflix and also will star alongside Jodie Sweetin and Alec Mapa within the upcoming romantic comedy Will You Be My Quarantine? Not only a performer, Danielle is an advocate and advisor at Joey Soloway’s 5050by2020, an intersectional arm of the Time’s Up motion. This yr she spoke with NALIP on the Sundance Film Festival on the significance of disabled Latinx inclusion in leisure.

Dave Mizzoni is comic, author and actor based mostly in New York City. Dave is the creator, author and star of the Jax Media/Roku authentic sequence Gayme Show. Recently, Dave produced on Season 13 of Rupaul’s Drag Race and could be seen on Comedy Central’s The Other Two. He created, wrote and starred within the Snapchat authentic sequence “Making It” and was named a “Comic to Watch” by New York Comedy Festival 2019 and was a member of the 2020 CBS Diversity Showcase.

Erica Clark is a teacher-turned-comedian from Chicago, who started her comedy journey at Improv Olympic earlier than moving into the Comedy pond. Erica’s distinctive childhood and day job are an ideal arrange for her punchlines. Erica has received the GrandSlam on the Moth.

Ian Lara is simply your common Dominican child from Queens, New York. He’s the host of the wildly in style Out of Tune music sport present app, featured in Variety and Cosmopolitan. Ian made his standup comedy debut on Comedy Central’s StandUP digital sequence, amassing over 10 million views and was featured in NBC’s Bring The Funny. In 2019, Ian made his late night time debut showing on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In the identical yr, Ian went on to co-star in his first HBO particular Entre Nos Presents East Meets West.

Jaye McBride is a New York based mostly humorist who’s humorous, sensible and proudly transgender. Jaye has been featured on SiriusXM and on Comedy Central and her lengthy awaited podcast “Trans Sister Radio” is ready to debut in September of 2021. In addition to stand-up, Jaye speaks at excessive faculties, faculties and teams all throughout the nation about being transgender and the way we might help trans youngsters from going through among the obstacles and challenges she confronted.

Jes Tom is a New York based mostly stand-up comedian, actor, and author, gleefully offering the trans, queer, Asian American, radical cyborg perspective that everybody by no means knew they wished. Most not too long ago, they have been a workers author within the mini room for season two of the much-anticipated Taika Waititi HBO Max sequence, Our Flag Means Death. They could be seen in HBO Max’s Love Life reverse Anna Kendrick and on their very own digital sequence Dear Jes for Netflix’s The Most. They wrote for the upcoming Audible/Broadway Video sequence Hot White Heist, produced by Alan Cumming.

Group 2

New Faces 2021 Group 2

Andre D. Thompson is a New York based mostly comic, who had his late-night debut on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He is at present a workers author on Comedy Central’s Tha God’s Honest Truth for Comedy Central. In 2019, he got here in third place within the New York Comedy Club Competition and was an NBC Stand Up For Diversity finalist.

Kiry Shabazz is a stand-up from Cleveland who began comedy in Nor-Cal, and is now based mostly in  LA. Kiry was one among 1,250 stand ups who auditioned at open requires the annual Stand Up NBC Competition, and went on to win your entire competitors. Kiry made his late night time debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Since then, his rise up has been featured by Comedy Central’s Stand Up Featuring sequence, the Bill Burr Presents The Ringers rise up sequence, and on the second season of Epix’s Unprotected Sets.

Maddie Wiener is a humorist from North Carolina with a mode described as “irreverent humor … with a streak of brazenness,” and “abrasive and likable at the same time.” She has appeared on You Up with Nikki Glaser on Sirius XM and was a 2018 semi-finalist for Stand-Up NBC.

Peter Kim is a humorist, actor, and author based mostly in Los Angeles. He at present has a mission in improvement with CBS Studios/ABC Networks, and a mission in Disney. He is a sequence common on the brand new Amazon animated sequence Fairfax. Other latest credit embody HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, and CBS’s NCIS. Peter bought his begin at Second City Chicago the place he obtained a Jeff Award nomination for his efficiency within the critically acclaimed revue, A Red Line Runs Through It.

Randall Otis is an Emmy-nominated comic from Orlando, FL, who at present resides in NYC. He’s a author on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and has been featured on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, VICE and written for the 2021 Grammys.

Robin Tran, based mostly in Orange County, began her life presenting as a male named Robert Tran. In 2015, she got here out as a transgender lady and has been performing as Robin ever since. In 2018, she appeared on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle and her first one-hour comedy particular, Don’t Look at Me is streaming on Hulu, Spotify and that iTunes. She was additionally a author on Historical Roasts on Netflix.

Sarah Squirm is an LA-based comic and visible artist who has develop into recognized for her unconventional and in style touring freaky selection present, Helltrap Nightmare. Sarah opened for Eric Andre’s nationwide tour and wrote on The Eric Andre Show. She staffed on the Adult Swim sequence Three Busy Debras and Netflix’s Magic for Humans. She was beforehand named one among Vulture’s Comics to Watch for 2018 and one among TIME OUT Magazine’s Five Comics to Watch for 2017.

Sydnee Washington is a New York based mostly comic, author, and actress. She was featured on Comedy Central’s “Up Next” showcase in 2018. She can be the co-host of the favored podcast, The Unofficial Expert and could be seen on Showtime’s ZIWE & Comedy Central’s Broad City.

Wally Baram is a Mexican-Syrian humorist, author, and actress dwelling in Los Angeles. Wally has written on Hulu/FX’s What We Do In The Shadows, HBO’s Betty, and the upcoming Amazon sequence, Sprung. Wally made her late night time stand-up debut this summer time on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Will Foskey is a stand-up comedian from Woodstock, GA. He was first found by “Ratchet People Meet”, a sketch group led by DC Young Fly and Navv Greene. Since the group disbanded, he has traveled the nation doing stand-up comedy and writing/filming initiatives together with his mates and fellow comics. He has made a number of appearances on the hit podcast, The 85 South Show.



New Faces Characters 2021b

Andrew Knox is an actor-writer-improviser-comedian and multi-hyphenate at present residing in Los Angeles. Before shifting to LA in 2020, he wrote and carried out in 4 authentic revues on The Second City’s Mainstage and ETC Stage in Chicago. Andrew could be seen on SyFy’s The Movie Show, NBC’s Chicago PD, and Topic’s The Last Show Left on Earth (for which he additionally wrote).

Aristotle Athiras is a Middle Eastern-American comic, actor, author, director and podcaster based mostly in Los Angeles. Shortly after getting his begin in stand-up comedy, he started writing, performing and directing sketches with future collaborators Hasan Minhaj, Asif Ali and Fahim Anwar to type Goatface — the primary and solely sketch comedy present on Comedy Central to characteristic an all Muslim-American forged so far. In 2019, he was forged in HBO’s Silicon Valley.

Corin Wells is an actor, author and comic based mostly in New York. She is a author for Peacock’s The Amber Ruffin Show on Peacock and he or she at present voices on Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out The News. She is the co-founder of the Squirrel Comedy Theatre, a non-profit comedy theatre based mostly in New York City.

Elena Skopetos is a Brooklyn based mostly comic, actress, and author. She’s an alum of UCB’s Characters Welcome, and Magnet Theater’s Character Bash. Elena has carried out her onewoman present, Elena Skopetos: Impressing My Dad, at The New York Comedy Festival and Toronto Sketchfest. She toured Europe together with her two-woman present, Sisters Three, which was a New York Times Critics Pick.

Joseph Lymous is a Black, queer, comic, improviser, content material creator, director and performing artist based mostly in Brooklyn. He is the proprietor of his personal digital media firm, jomiray productions. His puppet/cease movement/reside motion sequence, pal is in improvement with producer Evan Shapiro. Joseph could be seen within the upcoming season of Comedy Central’s Awkwafina is Nora from Queens.

Kate Owens is a NYC-based actor, comic, and award-winning clown recognized for her fearless dedication to characters and audacious bodily comedy. Her critically-acclaimed solo present, Cooking with Kathryn, received “Best Physical Comedy” at Frigid Fest and “Critics Choice” at PortFringe Fest and has performed all through New York & LA. Kate earned a spot on the extremely coveted Cirque du Soleil roster and has studied with the French grasp clown, Philippe Gaulier, AKA “The Tormentor.”

Patty Guggenheim is an actress, comic and author who has starred in POP’s Florida Girls. She has recurred on ABC’s Splitting Up Together and MTV’s Mary + Jane. She was additionally featured on HBOS’ Curb Your Enthusiasm, NBC’s Superstore, CBS’ Modern Family, and was a sequence common on E’s Hashtaggers! She has voiced a number of characters for Adult Swim’s Mike Tyson Mysteries and Crackle’s Supermansion and took dwelling the Sundance Jury Award for Brick Novax’s Diary through which she voiced all the feminine characters.

Vinny Thomas is a pleasant comic and armchair naturalist based mostly in Chicago. He was previously a member of Second City’s home improv ensemble “Twisty” and a frequent performer on quite a lot of different native levels. This summer time, he joined the long-lasting workers of NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me as a visitor author. Since the pandemic (maybe you’ve heard of it), Vinny has created movies on social media that characteristic aliens, animals, and even the occasional vegetable.

Woody Fu is an actor/creator based mostly in New York. He’s appeared on Comedy Central, CBS, FX, and the ABC Discovers 2020 Actor Showcase. He was a forged member of Boom Chicago (Amsterdam), and in addition starred as Jon Snow in Thrones! The Musical Parody at Edinburgh Fringe. As a creator, Woody co-wrote and starred within the digital sketch sequence UR Asian Friend, produced by UCB Comedy and Nerdist. He additionally created the sequence Asian American Studies (Official Selection: Slamdance 2019).



New Faces Canada 2021

Aaron Read is an award-winning stand-up comedian, improviser, actor, and visible artist from Vancouver. His comedy fluctuates someplace between silliness and sad-psychedelia and has garnered him quite a few awards together with Just For Laughs North West’s “Breakout Artist Of The Year” and “Toughest Act To Follow”. Experimenting with comedy in all its types, Aaron performs in a weekly, 200 seat, sold-out comedy present known as The Sunday Service, has made video work that ended up on the pages of The A.V. Club, and has carried out unconventional solo sketch and stand-up comedy for the previous 10 years.

Al Val has loved a meteoric rise within the Canadian comedy scene. In the three quick years since Al got here out as trans, she has made appearances at Just For Laughs, JFL NorthWest, Off-JFL/Zoofest, and has taped stand-up units for CBC Gem’s New Wave of Standup and CTV Comedy’s The Stand-Up Show with Jon Dore. Host of her personal weekly solo stream-of-consciousness podcast PodGis, graduate of Second City’s Conservatory Program, and one a part of improv-rock musical duo “OverDude”, there’s no marvel this multitalented whirlwind was voted by her friends as 2020’s “Breakout Comic of the Year”.

Andrea Jin is a humorist and screenwriter based mostly in Vancouver BC. Born in Shanghai, she immigrated to the place she taught herself English by way of watching sitcoms and standup on TV. Andrea has carried out at JFL42, JFL Northwest, SiriusXM’s Top Comic (National Finalist), Seattle International Comedy Competition (Semi-Finalist), CBC’s The Debaters, Winnipeg Comedy Festival and extra. Her debut comedy album, Grandma’s Girl, is accessible now.

Drew Behm is a excessive vitality comic from Edmonton, Alberta. Living in Toronto, Behm is a humorist who has appeared on the Halifax Comedy Festival, JFL42 in Toronto, the Hubcap Comedy Festival, and was a finalist in Sirius XM Canada’s Top Comic. As a author, Drew’s satire has been featured on the CBC’s Comedy web site and The Hard Times Magazine. Drew’s debut comedy album GNARLY was launched in September 2018 on all platforms.

Harrison Weinreb is a younger stand-up comedian from Montreal. His distinctive type blends absurd one-liners with unconventional observational humor and has allowed him to open for a few of Canada’s biggest comedians. He’s been featured in OFF-JFL, the Canadian North Arctic Comedy Festival and got here in first place on the Crackup Comedy Best of Under 30 Competition.

Juliana Rodrigues is a humorist from Toronto. The Canadian Press did a phase about her journey titled, “Canada 150: On Stage with a Teenage Stand-up Comedian” for The Toronto Star. Her work has additionally been featured on The National. In 2016 she participated within the Cleveland Comedy Festival the place she was named as a finalist at “Best of Fest”. Juliana made her CBC Radio debut on the 2019 Kitchener-Waterloo Comedy Festival and carried out on the Icebreakers Comedy Festival in 2020. More not too long ago, her podcast, All Good Podcast made the “Top 10 Comedy Podcasts” checklist as a part of TRNTO in 2020 and he or she did her first TV taping for Just For Laughs as a part of The Stand-up Show with Jon Dore in late 2020.

Meg MacKay is a comic and author from Prince Edward Island. As a TV author she’s written for CBC’s The Baroness Von Sketch Show and This Hour has 22 Minutes. A storyteller and wanderer, she’s appeared on levels in every single place from Moncton, New Brunswick to Muscat, Oman. As a rise up, her debut album Probably a Witch was launched on Howl and Roar Records in May of 2020.

Nitish Sakhuja, is a Toronto-based second era Indian Canadian comic. He is a crowd favorite at Kenny Robinson’s Nubian present in addition to NXNE, The Okanagan Comedy Festival, The Border City Comedy Festival and a number of other others. Beyond rise up, Nitish has blown up as an actor after being seen in a number of commercials and gathering hundreds of thousands of views starring in an online sequence for HERB.

Salma Hindy is a primary era Egyptian-Canadian comic who has been featured on the CBC, Globe and Mail, CityNews, Refinery29 and extra. She has an episode with CBC Gem’s New Wave of Stand-Up and not too long ago recorded two televised performances, because of be launched quickly.. She not too long ago gave a Tedx speak about her emotional journey in comedy titled “Why People Pleasing is Hurting You.” Salma is the star of her personal name-sake documentary, Salma which was featured at Toronto Shorts Film Festival, Big Apple Film Festival, Austin Revolution Film Festival, Burbank International Film Festival, and Women’s International Film Festival in 2019.

Travis Lindsay is probably the most prolific author in East Coast Comedy. His nice mixture of jokes and storytelling has been fascinating audiences because the age of 16. Travis has been named “Best Nova Scotia Comedian” (2016), has been heard on Sirius XM, Appeared on CBC on the Halifax Comedy Fest (2018, 2020) and not too long ago joined CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes as an on air Correspondent and author. In 2021, he recorded for Just For Laughs Originals and his debut album The Kid is Alright went #1 on iTunes Comedy Charts.

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