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10 Comedians You Need to Know

From ‘Saturday Night Live’ writers to scathing new stand-up routines, here are the funny people who are changing the way comedy works

The current popularity of stand-up comedy means a constant stream of jokes, specials and fresh comedians; fans will never be at a loss to hear different perspectives and inventive approaches to every subject under the sun. One of the only difficulties is trying to dig through the embarrassment of riches to hone in on new and interesting voices. Here, Rolling Stone does some of the work for you, picking some of the brightest young talents worth watching as they nab their first, big credits and beyond. From the “Space Prince” to a man one identified onstage as “Ahbad Badoody,” these firecrackers and oddballs have been rising in the ranks and sure to break big soon.

Dulce Sloan

Celeste Echols

Dulce Sloan

Dulcé Sloan is wildly confident for a young stand-up. She doesn’t need to seduce, bully or otherwise cajole audiences into listening; she speaks and they simply fall in line behind her, ready to hear everything she’s got to say about Spanx or why its better to fear the Congolese than Chicagoans. (“Ma’am, that bitch is a child soldier. She’ll kill you with a blowdart and a sharpened banana.”) The Atlanta-bred, L.A.-based comic has already racked up a number of great credits, including Conan and Steve Harvey’s “Comedians You Should Know” segment, won her episode of the Chris Hardwick-hosted @midnight, and she’s already begun to pick up promising industry gigs (including a role in a new pilot opposite Eva Longoria). Chances are Sloan’s self-assured sass will lead to great things, and sooner rather than later.

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