LA Weekly put out its annual "10 LA Comedy Acts to Watch" feature last week. Ryan Singer, Power Violence, Ian Karmel, Cristela Alonzo, Bryan Cook, Andrés du Bouchet, Matt McCarthy, Betsy Sodaro, Drennon Davis, and the sketch group WOMEN all made the list in case you're looking for new comedy people to check out.
Over the past month, the creators of two rejected TV comedies released the pilots for their shows online with approval from the networks/studios who made them. First, CBS released its Rupert Grint superhero comedy Super Clyde after Greg Garcia asked them to, followed by YouTube network JASH releasing Sarah Silverman's NBC pilot Susan 313. Every year, TV networks pump millions of dollars into creating a bunch of pilots, with only a tiny fraction of these shows actually making it to air, but these are two rare instances of the creators of these passed-over pilots being able to debut the shows they worked hard on for the masses. [...]
Every year, Montreal's Just For Laughs festival picks a bunch of up-and-coming comedians to take part in their "New Faces" showcases, which puts them in front of a bunch of powerful industry types. This morning, they announced the 2013 New Faces, a list that includes folks like Funny or Die's Dan Klein, Totally Biased's Aparna Nancherla, Andrew Overdahl, who co-wrote/starred in the Amazon pilot Those Who Can't, and more. The New Faces are separated into categories for sketch performers (New Faces: Characters), comedians without managers (New Faces: Unrepped), Canadian comedians (Homegrown Comics), and regular New Faces, which is non-Canadian standups with managers.
Check out the full list of performers [...]
The Writers Guild of America this weekend released a list of the "101 Best Written TV Series of All Time," and several comedies ranked high on the list, which was determined by online voting by WGA members. While The Sopranos took the top spot, the list also included comedies like Seinfeld (#2), All in the Family (#4), M*A*S*H (#5), The Mary Tyler Moore Show (#6), Cheers (#8), and The Simpsons (#11).
Check out the full list, which also included Freaks and Geeks, Larry Sanders, and Louie, below:
Vulture made a list of "50 Comedians You Should and Will Know" (full disclosure: we at Splitsider contributed names to said list), featuring talented people like John Mulaney, Broad City, The Birthday Boys, Jerrod Carmichael, James Adomian, June Diane Raphael, Hannibal Buress, and Tig Notaro. Some of the blurbs about the "comedians you should know" were written by comedians you do know, like Bill Hader, Patton Oswalt, Casey Wilson, Scott Aukerman, and Jenny Slate, so get over to that list if you enjoy comedians you do and/or do not know.