The Just For Laughs Comedy Festival has announced the top comedians in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere who will be participating in the “Fresh Faces of Comedy” showcase later this week. The event is a traditional launch pad for major Hollywood talent including Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer , Kumail Nanjiani and Jimmy Fallon .
The success of their careers makes Fresh Faces the industry’s biggest stand-up comedy talent debut party. Young hopefuls with an eye on a Hollywood development deal grabbed the microphone at Montreal’s “Just For Laughs” event, eliciting laughter from the clubgoers, while Los Angeles scouts, comedy agents and managers, TV execs and club bookings people looked on.
No pressure there. Abbott Elementary creator Quinta Brunson will receive the Best Comedy Character award at the Just For Laughs ComedyPro conference later this week as part of ‘s New Faces comic discovery program.
Over three days, seven new faces categories will be presented in Montreal, with a show hosted by Langston Kerman, Chris Redd, Mark Forward, Nath Valvo, Darcy Michael and Jeremy Baer.
Other new faces making their mark in Hollywood include Mike Birbiglia, Ali Wong, Tom Segura, Iliza Shlesinger, W. Kamau Bell, K. Trevor Wilson, Fortu ne Feimster), Pete Davidson and Ramy Youssef.
“Fresh Faces remains an iconic milestone for comics entering the industry. With the massive impact of virtual entertainment, from undiscovered talent to industry decision makers, it’s a rare opportunity to have everyone in the same room together,” Just For Laughs President Bruce Hills said in a statement.
The full list of new faces showcasing 2023 talents is below.
1. New Faces of Comedy 1 & 2
Fumimi Abe 20232023 Darius Bennett 20232023 Troy Bond 2023 Zach Brazao 2023 Tommy Brennan Nico Carney2023Morgan Jay2023Dan LaMotteLeslie Liao20232023Sam Morrison2023Chick Robinson 2023Kelly Ryan2023Brittany Schmidt20232023Anna SereginaSahib Singh2023Sahana Srinivasan2023Derek Stroop Audrey Stewart2023Saul Trujillo20232023Asha Ward2023Maggie Winters
2. New Faces: Characters (Improvisation)
Chris Cavero Parker Callahan 20232023 Carl Forman Jr. 2023 Chris Klechner 2023 Evan Mills 20232023 Hannah Pierx 2023 Laura Ramoso 2023 2023 Susan Song 2023 2023 Chloe Trost
3. New faces: Unrepped
Clara Blackstone 20232023 Liz Blank 20232023 Aldo Campana 2023 Amina Imani 2023 Iban Kulkarni 2017Neil LynskeyMax Mantice2023Lukas McClaryWellington Ojuku2023Bianca Palato
New faces: Canada
Spencer Adams 2023 Brendan D’Souza 2023Michelle Forrest 2023Dakota Ray Herbert 20232023Faris Hatia 5 New Faces: International
Ceyla AB 2023 Brennan Reece 20232023Katie Boyle Abhay NadkKarni2023Sarah Keyworth 2023 Glenn Moore 2023 James Rock 2023 2023 Amy Gladhill 2023 Emmanuel Sonuby 20232023 Tom Walker
6. New Faces: Creators
Caroline Barneywich 20232023 Cliff Benfield 20232023 Heather Chelan 2023 Devin Gantt 2023 Leo Gonzalez 2017Hayley Morris2023