5. Kyle Kinane
The newest of the newcomers on this list, we can’t remember the last debut comedy record that knocked us over quite like Kyle Kinane’s Death of the Party
. With a delivery not unlike It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
’s Charlie Kelly, the Los-Angeles-by-way-of-Chicago stand up weaves lengthy stories of bunny fornication, bowel movements and getting arrested on a bicycle throughout the record, but does it with a talent that belies his rookie status. But you don’t have to take our word for it; Patton Oswalt co-signs this guy
4. Natasha Leggero
The new generation of observational humor will not be led by Seinfeld wannabes, but by fresh, witty upstarts like Natasha Leggero. Her razor-sharp wit can and will mock anything from legumes to Call of Duty with ease.
3. Aziz Ansari
Even as he becomes a massive force in the comedy world (from his standup to Parks and Recreation), Aziz Ansari still seems like the kind of guy you could have a drink with. Whether he’s ranting about IMAX or dropping one of the year’s best comedy releases, it feels like we’ve known Ansari since childhood.
2. Hannibal Buress
In 2010, this Chicago expat who now calls NYC home wrote for Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock (the latter is his current gig), released the fantastic My Name is Hannibal and performed at festivals curated by both Wilco and the Insane Clown Posse. Enough said.
1. Louis C.K.
Sure, Louis C.K. has been around forever, but he positively owned 2010. Let’s run down the facts, then. Fact One: His film, Hilarious, was the first stand-up movie to be shown at Sundance. Fact Two: He finally struck television gold with Louie (Seriously, if you’re not watching it on FX or Hulu, you’re dead to us.), which was renewed for a second season. Fact Three: He’s currently finishing up a gigantic tour that took him to every corner of the U.S. Game, set, match.