Myq Kaplan, former BU’s Funniest Student and Last Comic Standing contestant, makes his triumphant return to BU tomorrow at 8 pm in BU Central with this years funniest student, Langston Kerman, opening the night. In honor of that I decided to write about a few of my favorite comedians out there right now.
1. Paul F. Tompkins
-In my eyes Paul F. Tompkins is about the funniest comedian working right now (with only Aziz Ansari and Patton Oswalt even in the running). Many of his bits revolve around his incredible character work including The Mexican Stereotype at Migrant Worker Fantasy Camp and the Starving Irish man who doesn’t fancy corn. PFT got his first break into the entertainment industry through the colt classic “Mr. Show” as a regular in the sketch series. Mr. PFT is a constant force in the comedy scene appearing in clubs around the country, on television and on a seemingly infinite amount of podcasts including his own, The Pod F. Tompkast.
2. Hannibal Buress
-Hannibal Buress, the writer behind much of 30 Rock’s Tracey Jordan, is one of the best up and coming comedians around. Appearing on several late night shows last year Hannibal caught my ear with his hilarious stage personality. If a normal person said a lot of the things Hannibal does it wouldn’t be particularly funny (all the time) but no matter what Hannibal makes it work. Look for Hannibal to continue growing over the next few years.
3. Dan St. Germain
-Over winter break I saw Dan St. Germain in a two man show at the UCB Theatre that blew the crowd away. Being the YouTube generation kid that I am, I of course went home and typed his name in. Lucky for me his stand up came up. Recently featured on an episode of the MTV Show World of Jenks, St. Germain is a growing name in the NYC comedy scene. As a bearded gentleman myself I have to say he has the best beard related bit I’ve ever heard. Hopefully we’ll get a full album of Dan in the coming years!