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Kumail Nanjiani

Beta Male
Comedy Central

By John Wenzel

Beta Male is neither cliquish nor exclusionary. Nanjiani’s style is smart but also unusually welcoming, laced with self-conscious colloquialisms yet relatable in its observational goofiness.

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Andy Kaufman

Andy and His Grandmother
Drag City

By John Wenzel

Given his renown for a certain type of conceptual prank that has come to bear the unfortunate moniker of “anti-comedy,” it’s fair to ask if Kaufman would have wanted anything to do with this relatively straightforward sampler.

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Brian Posehn

The Fartist
New Wave Dynamics

By John Wenzel

Posehn’s awkward, screen-filling presence and strangled histrionics are as much a part of his persona as his love of marijuana, comic books and death metal, but they’re increasingly becoming secondary to his reliance on gross-out jokes.

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Gabriel Iglesias

Aloha Fluffy
Comedy Central

By John Wenzel

Gabriel Iglesias doesn’t so much tell jokes as act them out like classic radio plays, inhabiting various characters with a snappy, head-spinning precision that would make most vocal actors jealous.

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Tom Shillue

Lateral Thinking Puzzlers
BSeen Media

By John Wenzel

Just as lo-fi indie rock dared listeners to reconsider what was worth listening to when normal sonic trappings were absent, these releases implicitly ask whether Shillue can sustain interest simply by being prolific.