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14 Comedians Who You Should Be Paying Attention To

Laughter is the best medicine. If you're feeling down, watch these super-funny comics for a midday pick-me-up. If you're looking for more entertainment, check out the amazing lineup Carnival Cruise offers at The Punchliner Comedy Club.

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1. Carmen Lynch

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It's no surprise that Carmen knocked her Letterman set out of the park. Her low-key delivery and intelligent joke structure has been winning over audiences for years. Catch her if you can!

You can watch Carmen here.

Have you seen a horse's ass? It's kind of a compliment.

Carmen Lynch

@lynchcarmen

Have you seen a horse's ass? It's kind of a compliment.

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2. Mark Normand

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Based out of NYC, Mark Normand is the consummate nice guy. A polished comic with a unique delivery and keen observations, Mark brings an enjoyable act to the stage every time.

You can watch Mark here.

Telling someone they're an 'unbelievable actor' sounds like a compliment but it isn't.

mark normand

@marknorm

Telling someone they're an 'unbelievable actor' sounds like a compliment but it isn't.

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3. Kumail Nanjiani

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Kumail's rise in the comedy industry can be attributed to his quick wit and engaging comedic style. His ability to tackle uncharted joke territory and turn over material quickly makes him a great act to watch again and again.

You can watch Kumail here.

Grapefruit rhymes with "great fruit" which is misleading. It should be called gorriblefruit.

Kumail Nanjiani

@kumailn

Grapefruit rhymes with "great fruit" which is misleading. It should be called gorriblefruit.

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4. Annie Lederman

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Annie is one of the most talented comedians in the business, so it's no wonder she's found success this quickly. She offers an honest and relatable outlook on herself and doesn't pull any punches. Fun fact: she's also a really good artist.

You can watch Annie here.

I'm jealous of the trees Bob Ross painted because they get to be happy

Annie Lederman

@annielederman

I'm jealous of the trees Bob Ross painted because they get to be happy

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5. Michael Che

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Michael has mentioned his plans to bring the "cool" back to stand-up comedy, and he's well on his way. His observational humor is some of the best in the industry.

You can watch Michael here.

My roommate plays Drake "I got my eyes on you" everytime im using the bathroom.

Michael Che

@CheThinks

My roommate plays Drake "I got my eyes on you" everytime im using the bathroom.

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6. Nick Turner

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Watching Nick perform is like seeing that funny kid from high school reach his full potential. His candid delivery and powerful wit make him an incredible and enjoyable comedian.

You can watch Nick here.

Has anyone ever owned a guitar, a harmonica and a home at the same time?

Nick Turner

@NicksTurners

Has anyone ever owned a guitar, a harmonica and a home at the same time?

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7. Ron Funches

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Ron's warm delivery and brilliant writing would place him #1 on the list of hilarious comedians we want to hug. Is that a list yet? Interesting...

You can watch Ron here.

Somehow managed to get a dudes phone number last night, so my game is really misfiring on all cylinders.

Ronald Funches

@RonFunches

Somehow managed to get a dudes phone number last night, so my game is really misfiring on all cylinders.

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8. Rory Scovel

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Rory is arguably the most inventive stand-up comic in the industry today. His commitment to his characters and high-energy humor is both impressive and incredibly entertaining.

You can watch Rory here.

Whenever I fart I pretend my butt is trying to talk to me for the first time. "Go on buddy, what is it? There's poop coming?!?!?"

Rory Scovel

@roryscovel

Whenever I fart I pretend my butt is trying to talk to me for the first time. "Go on buddy, what is it? There's poop coming?!?!?"

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9. Jerrod Carmichael

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Jerrod is a stand-up comedy purist. After notoriously turning down a featured role on New Girl to focus on his comedy, Jerrod has been lighting up clubs all over the country.

You can watch Jerrod here.

When YouTube doesn't give you the option to skip the ad...thats what marriage feels like right?

Jerrod Carmichael

@NotoriousROD

When YouTube doesn't give you the option to skip the ad...thats what marriage feels like right?

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10. Beth Stelling

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After getting her start in Chicago, Beth has taken over the scene in L.A. Her honest and engaging style make for a lethal combination of humor.

You can watch Beth here.

I think I am in favor of the government regulating my portion size.

Beth Stelling

@BethStelling

I think I am in favor of the government regulating my portion size.

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11. Joe Zimmerman

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The combination of Joe's calming vocalization and inventive writing is a thing of magic. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more enjoyable show.

You can watch Joe here.

Is it normal for a TSA person to hum "Your Body is a Wonderland" while patting you down?

Joe Zimmerman

@joezimmerman

Is it normal for a TSA person to hum "Your Body is a Wonderland" while patting you down?

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12. Bryan Yang

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For the most part, Bryan has flown under the industry radar... but that won't last long. His powerful observations and upbeat tempo make him a prime candidate for the next household name in comedy.

You can watch Bryan here.

The only part in gravity i didn't like was when Sandra Bullock adopted the big homeless alien and made him play football.

Bryan Yang

@bryanyang

The only part in gravity i didn't like was when Sandra Bullock adopted the big homeless alien and made him play football.

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13. Mike Cannon

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Even though Mike can be seen hosting Cosmo's web series Sexy vs. Skanky, he spends the majority of his time rocking stand-up stages. The multitalented comedian uses his natural energy and excellent word choice to deliver a great show every time.

You can watch Mike here

Social Media has been amazing at connecting people, and exposing that most American's genuinely do not understand sentence structure.

Mike Cannon

@IamMikeCannon

Social Media has been amazing at connecting people, and exposing that most American's genuinely do not understand sentence structure.

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14. Seaton Smith

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This D.C. native is about to explode on the comedy scene in a big way. After making a name for himself with his one-of-a-kind stand-up and awesome web videos, Seaton has officially been picked up as a cast member on NBC's The John Mulaney Show. Get used to seeing this funny face, America.

You can watch Seaton here.

Have an important meeting today so I decided to go to sleep sober last night. Which means I was up all night. Never gonna be sober again.

Seaton Smith

@SeatonSmith

Have an important meeting today so I decided to go to sleep sober last night. Which means I was up all night. Never gonna be sober again.

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