Not every comedian today can be a Daniel Tosh or Louis C.K. In fact, most of them aren't. And we're not simply talking about their mass appeal, either. It seems that for whatever reason, certain comedian's particular brand of comedy, despite how long they've been around or how funny their comedy, has yet to resonate with a broader audience. Quite frankly, it's a shame, as you can never have too many different styles of funny. This list collects ten of the very best funnymen that we feel the world would be much better off with in a larger capacity. Let us know what you think.
There are a lot of great, and even legendary, comedians whose main schtick is observational humor. In fact, we'll even go as far as to say that it's the most widely used brand of stand-up comedy due to the audience's ability to identify with it. But frankly, we don't think there is enough humor out there similar to that of Bo Burnham, who takes advantage of props, musical instruments, and even voiceover to give the experience a much needed jolt of absurdity.
With a booming voice that instantly grabs your attention, T.J. Miller is probably the closest of the comedians on this list to making the jump into mainstream. He's been right on the cusp of breaking out for years, not only in terms of stand-up, but also as a comedic actor, having appeared in and been the funniest part of films such as "She's Out of My League" and "Our Idiot Brother." Before too long, he is sure to no longer even make it onto lists such as this one.
Just a hunch, but we'd venture many of the other comedians on this list got at least some of their inspiration from Demetri Martin. Sure, he may not be as obscure as some of the other comedians on this list, considering at one point he even had his own Comedy Central sketch show, but his unique brand of comedy has yet to latch onto a mainstream audience. Honestly, we think it'd just be a matter of watching any one of his stand-up specials to make a believer out of most. There aren't many other comedians who could incorporate music, giant notepads, and even charts and pie graphs into their routines in such an effectively funny manner.
Another sort of mass appeal brand of comedy is the everyman routine, where the person doing stand-up seems like your average guy pointing out the subtle humor in every day life situations. Kyle Kinane's humor is kind of like that, if the "average guy" was the most lonely, pathetic person you've ever met, whose life is so sad and painfully average that the only thing he can do to make it better is to laugh at it. And while that may sound horribly depressing on paper, in execution, it's comedy gold.
The sheer energy being belted out of Sebastian Maniscalco's mouth during his act is hard not to pay attention to. However, he's still a relatively unknown comedian to most. While he seems to be outraged and incredibly annoyed by everything he talks about, it doesn't come off at all like complaining. Instead, the way he articulates the things he is saying is just so incredibly funny, even a subject so mundane as someone ringing your doorbell can drive you to tears (of laughter, of course).
Norm MacDonald is an SNL vet, a well-established stand-up, and has even starred in several television series and movies. Still, he has never seemed to garner the attention he and his comedy so clearly deserve. Underrated doesn't even begin to describe him, but at the same time, is about the best way to do so. If you've never seen the film "Dirty Work," the series "Sports Show with Norm MacDonald," or even his most recent special "Me Doing Standup," you are missing out.
David Cross doesn't get the credit he deserves for his standup. Sure, people know who he is based on shows like "Arrested Development," but you generally don't hear people talking about his comedy routines as often as deserved. Now, we know it's a little long, but his open letter to Larry the Cable Guy should not only give fans of real comedy an even greater respect for him, but also illustrate how much intellect and ability to understand an audience go into what he does. And that alone should make you want to hear more.
Gary Gulman was a finalist on NBC's "Last Comic Standing" for two consecutive years. Now, we're not saying that that alone makes him under appreciated, but the fact that he should have won both times does. His brand of comedy isn't all that offensive or garish either, which would make him a perfect fit in the mainstream of comedy. His humor is easy to swallow and incredibly effective, and even though he has toured with the likes of big names like Dane Cook, he's never really been able to bring in a mass appeal that he very much deserves (especially more than Dane Cook).
Chris D'Elia is an effective comedian because it almost feels like you are just having a really funny conversation with him. The way he presents himself is very casual, and that is something hard to come by. Not to mention the subject matter itself isn't really typical day-to-day life kind of humor, but is more centered on things like the strangeness of rap music or British accents. Plus, along with being an up-and-coming comedic actor, he's taking full advantage of social media with his string of hilarious Vine videos, as well.
Jon Dore & Rory Scovel
We decided we'd give you a twofer for this last one. But before you watch the video above, you should actually check this one out. The ridiculous concept of it was very funny, and think of what went into it for both of these talented up-and-coming comedians. Just the fact that each would agree to go on a late night talk show and essentially waste their spot by simultaneously performing their bits shows their commitment to the craft in a way that no one ever has before. And we commend them for it. Then, the above video is just taking it to another awesome level.