When planning a large event, it can sometimes be difficult to determine what kind of entertainer is best. A List of Comedians would be helpful. This certainly varies by the nature of the event, but one of the most versatile choices is a stand-up comedian. Laughs can be universal, and their work puts them in front of a variety of audiences every night, giving most the ability to adapt quickly to your needs.
Of course, the one consideration for stand-ups, in particular, is the kind of content they perform. Many comedians have trained to adapt their material for a general audience, particularly if they’ve landed on television at any point. However, there are various styles of comedy, and it will be up to you to determine which will play best with your guests.
A List of Comedians That Deliver The (Funny) Truth
Thankfully, the age of the internet collided perfectly with the comics’ naturally need to be noticed, leaving plenty of lists of comedians to browse. In that spirit….here is another list of comics!
Having appeared on Letterman is like a badge of quality for any comic you are looking for, and Keith has it. With a smooth, sardonic style, he delivers a healthy mixture of keen observation and absurd exaggeration. His spontaneous interaction with the audience, too, has helped him build a quietly loyal following wherever he appears. He tours regularly and also makes a special effort to perform in shows for the armed forces.
Jeff Allen has been delivering good laughs about life and love for over four decades, with no sign of stopping. From Vegas to VH-1, Jeff is the ultimate example of a comic who has lovingly-crafted an act that can play anywhere. With an honest approach to his life and those around him, he finds the laughs in everyday existence, always with an eye towards larger truths. When he is not filming pilots in Hollywood or appearing in major stand-up TV specials, Jeff is still touring and still making people laugh.
Over 30 years in stand-up comedy can be difficult to maintain for even the most seasoned pro. Ross Bennett makes it look easy. After a brief stint in the military, Ross quickly decided that he would rather be firing jokes than bullets. Three decades worth of television and comedy club audiences are certainly grateful for his choice. Bringing down-home sensibilities to the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Ross seems determined to find the gentle humor that a less-experienced comic will trip over on the way to a lesser punchline.
Skirting the line between flash and substance can be difficult, but Tom has run that tightrope across television sets and major comedy venues for over 20 years. Perhaps best known as the runner-up in the seventh season of America’s Got Talent, Tom has proven that he has broad appeal and an active approach. Delivering edge without too much bite is an art form, and Tom seems to spend every year mastering his craft. Married to fellow comedian Kerri Louise, Tom shows no signs of stopping in his quest for our laughs. Cotter should always be on your list of comedians to book.
Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Henry quickly realized he had a unique perspective to share with the world. Of Korean American descent, Henry revels in the confused expectations of his audience. From his first spot on the Jay Leno show, all the way back in 1992, Henry was fully aware of how his appearance clashed with his deep southern drawl…..and he has spent the ensuing decades proving that to be only the start of his comedic toolkit. From film to television, Henry seems intent on surprising audiences at every turn.
Another, perhaps more conventional-looking southern gentleman, Rik has spent 20 years honing a stage and corporate show that delivers the goods. His wide-eyed, innocent face serves his easygoing stand-up perfectly, and also presents an opportunity to offer a range of characters. Bumbling, hopelessly-clueless characters he loves using at corporate events to fool his audience, before launching into the rest of his act. Rik shows the heart and works ethic that any working comedian should have.
A comedian that wears the moniker “village idiot” with pride, Joby seems physically incapable of controlling his desire to make audiences laugh. With the facial gymnastics of some Jim Carry/John Belushi hybrid, Saad has built his act and understanding of comedy over 20 years. Spending time in the company of the likes of Tim Allen and Jeff Foxworthy, Joby has honed a unique style that stays clean despite being steeped in abject absurdity. Still touring, he shows no signs of giving up his “village idiot” moniker, and that is just how he likes it.
Getting a jump start on performance at an early age, Taylor would often accompany his television broadcasting father to speeches and presentations, naturally developing as the reliable comedic relief. Before long, though, he found audiences of his own with a range of talents. Winning “Star Search” with Ed McMahon in 1990 for his musical/ventriloquism act, Taylor found himself and his career boosted to new heights. More impressive? The steady, methodical way that he has grown and honed that career over the ensuing decades.
Physical comedy is difficult and creating lasting characters even more so. Bob Nelson, with his larger-than-life figure and hound dog looks, manages to make it look easy….for Bob Nelson. Opening for Rodney Dangerfield for over eight years, Bob found freedom and laughs in a range of quirky and lovable characters that have stumbled into the hearts and funny bones of thousands of audiences. Still touring, and still producing a goofy comedy for television, Bob shows no signs of stopping. For Bob, aging seems to have merely provided more options for his hilarious transformations.
No list of comedians would be complete without mentioning Dan Naturman. With endorsements from Letterman, Conan, and Ferguson, Dan has found success on television and off. With two decades honing a gentle-yet-insightful outlook on the world, it should come as no surprise that in his appearance on America’s Got Talent, he had clear respect from Howie *and* Howard. Proving once and for all that comedy is not boring; Dan continues to bring laughs and genuine heart to any venue that he performs
So there it is! Working comedians…doing work. The job of making people laugh is difficult. Hours skew late; travel is extensive, and there are few guarantees. These comics have proven time and again that not only is it possible to make a living from laughs, but it is possible to keep those laughs open to anyone and everyone that books them. A difficult task that they make seems supremely simple. Spreading joy to an audience is a gift, and luckily for all of us, these comics are still delivering.