me the whole time

Andy Sandford

Me the Whole Time
New Wave Dynamics

By Elise Czajkowski

Recorded in his hometown of Atlanta before a very energetic crowd, Me the Whole Time is everything a first album should be: packed with strong material from start to finish, filled with the type of memorable bits that will make people take notice and completely accessible to newcomers.

Live at the Bootleg

Karen Kilgariff

Live at the Bootleg
AST Records

By John Wenzel

Kilgariff’s a fine singer, with a wavering, vulnerable voice that falls somewhere between coffee shop balladeer and demented children’s entertainer. Her saccharine delivery complements the murky timbre of her acoustic guitar and sells the jokes against the often bleak, angry lyrics.

i did it

Ted Alexandro

I Did It

By Elise Czajkowski

Alexandro is a staple of the New York comedy scene, and he co-founded the New York Comedians Coalition, which fought to raise wages for club performers. He is, in many ways, the epitome of the dependable NYC city comic, guaranteed to improve any show that he’s on.

morgan murphy

Morgan Murphy

Irish Goodbye
New Wave Dynamics

By Elise Czajkowski

She’s got a great comedic mind, and it’s clear why she’s done well for herself as a TV writer—her jokes are smart and her material covers, with equal weight, Planned Parenthood and How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt

Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time

By Daniel Berkowitz

Oswalt’s perspective seems to have shifted due to the raising of his young daughter, a “nugget of endorphins” that brightens his life and helps stave off depression. He still occasionally gets down, but his illness has gotten “creative” and learned to pick its spots.


Bo Burnham

Comedy Central Records

By Nick A. Zaino III

Burnham is very self-aware, of his image as the nerdy theatre kid who was once picked on in school, and of someone for whom fame came quickly. And he uses all of that in his show.

we are miracles

Sarah Silverman

We Are Miracles

By Josh Bell

Silverman barrels right into seemingly shocking and offensive topics (“I need more rape jokes”), only to immediately backtrack and make her audience question why that topic is shocking and offensive.

whoopi goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley


By Josh Bell

Mabley represented a concrete link between vaudeville traditions and stand-up comedy as we know it today, and it’s fascinating to see her act develop from early song-and-dance routines to a recognizable comedic persona.