Welcome to the second semi-annual edition of The Next Wave, Splitsider’s roundup of exciting new comic voices from around the country.
Though Los Angeles and New York City are home to the country’s biggest comedy industries, they aren’t the only cities with thriving comedy scenes. In recent years especially — thanks to the rising popularity of locally-focused festivals, and ofma course, the internet — the following cities have become destinations for new comics looking to grow, and for bookers and agents looking to discover emerging talent. Here are a few must-follow cities, and the comics who are on their way to becoming The Next Wave.
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Comedy Dynamics has a new standup series premiering on VOD next month called Coming to the Stage, and today they're premiering the very first trailer. Hosted by Dan Levy, the six-episode series takes a closer look at 12 up-and-coming standups from around the country and hits streaming platforms like Hulu, Roku, Amazon Prime, and iOS on Wednesday, May 6th.
Chris Tucker's first full-length standup special is headed to Netflix. According to THR, the streaming network is set to debut Chris Tucker Live on Friday, July 10th. "Chris Tucker is a true global movie star and a one-of-a-kind talent whose remarkable energy, delivery and original style make him one of the funniest comedians of our time," said Netflix exec Ted Sarandos. "We cannot wait to share his distinct and hilarious voice with our members across the globe." Chris Tucker Live was filmed at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta and "will showcase his comedic chops, including impersonations, as he shares his experiences from childhood to his success in Hollywood.
Seven Minutes in Purgatory is a new standup show put together by Matt Byrne and Ian Abramson in which standups perform in a soundproof room, while the audience watches in a separate room. "The idea is to see what happens when comedians have nothing to respond to," Byrne says. It's a pretty fun concept, with great results. Above, check out a recent show from UCB Sunset in LA in which Kyle Kinane learns what it's like to do standup without knowing how the audience is reacting at all. "I think I like it better this way," he says at one point, "because then you can't tell what jokes [...]
Shortly after standup comedy burst free from the confines of Borscht Belt theaters and metropolitan nightclubs, cable television began its successful infiltration of the American living room, and the marriage between the evolving art and the expanding medium soon spawned a wholly new creation: the standup special. Many of these early performances were filmed on college campuses (Robert Klein at Haverford College, 1975; George Carlin at USC, 1977), evidence of the craft’s rapid transformation of character. Once relegated to a few shadowy corners of nightlife and the counterculture, standup had, by the mid-1970s, established itself unequivocally within the cultural firmament of the young, the intellectual, and the hip.
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