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Variety Announces 10 Comics to Watch for 2021

Client: Chelcie Lynn - Talent

Variety has named its 10 Comics to Watch for 2021. This year’s honorees will be profiled in the July 27 Comedy issue of Variety and take part in a virtual panel at this year’s Just For Laughs Festival. Traditionally held every year in Montréal, the festival will go digital this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Variety launched the 10 Comics to Watch list in 2000 with names such as Zach Galifianakis and Patton Oswalt. Over the years, other honorees have included Tiffany Haddish, Amy Schumer and Kumail Nanjiani.

Says Paul Ronca, Senior Director of Creative Development, Just For Laughs: “The Variety 10 Comics to Watch has been a festival staple for so many years, and we are thrilled to be able to continue on the tradition of showcasing some of comedy’s most notable rising stars. After an unbelievably challenging 15 months, it’s amazing to see the ingenuity these rising comedy stars have, and commend their work ethic and tenacity during the hardest of times”.

The list is made up of stand-up comedians, writers and content creators and selected by a panel that includes Variety editors and critics with feedback from those in the comedy community that scout, book, cast and represent comics.

Says Steven Gaydos , Senior VP Global Content/Executive Editor at Variety, “In the past year and a half, the world has learned that not only is laughter the best medicine, it may also be as essential as oxygen. Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch all provide what we’ve learned is essential to life on earth: original perspectives that bring light and lift our spirits.”

Chelcie Lynn – Known for her sketches featuring her alter ego “Trailer Trash Tammy,” Lynn has been seen in “Tangerine” and “Coach Von Pidgeon.” She has an upcoming prank series and is currently touring with “The Tammy Tour: One Trailer Park At a Time.”

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