reclaims his throne – it's like this guy drives himself to earn it all from scratch every time out. With his self-referential sitcom, he defied all the rules and rhythms of how comedy is supposed to work, writing, directing and even editing it himself. Chris Rock in a Hard Place: On Infidelity, a New Tour and Starting Over After a bitter divorce, and frustrated with Hollywood, Chris Rock wondered if he could still kill – so he’s spending a year on the road finding out Chris Rock The god is back.
Plus, Wong gets raw about sex: "You gotta make this dude believe your body is a secret garden, when really it's a public park that has hosted many reggae fests." She's a writer on Fresh Off the Boat, but her stand-up game is what makes us most impatient to see what she does next.Hannibal Buress Buress keeps building his stand-up legend, with two stellar Netflix specials in 2016.Mike Judge Twenty-some years after Judge defined adolescent male dumbitude with Beavis & Butt-head, he had something to say about the just-barely-post-adolescent version on HBO's Silicon Valley.What first seemed like a trifle, mocking an already too-familiar geek culture, has grown into one of the savviest satires on the air, with a lot of help from a stellar cast that includes Martin Starr, Thomas Middleditch and Kumail Nanjiani.Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key Perhaps the greatest tribute to the enduring impact of their genius sketch show came from Dave Chappelle, who recently admitted that watching their show for five years made him jealous as hell: "That hurts my feelings." Much as we all miss Key and Peele, the end of their series means more room to conquer other venues, be it their cat-gangsta- heist romp, Keanu, or Peele's horror flick, Get Out, a game-changer that finds a whole new way to satirize the never-ending bad joke of American racism.
Ali Wong Wong arrived with a bang – in her brilliant stand-up special Baby Cobra, she riffs on topics like the perks of marrying someone of the same race: "You get to go home and be racist together." And she taped it while nearly eight months pregnant, an achievement that's up there with pregnant Serena Williams winning the Australian Open.We focused on the "now" – some of our all-time favorites aren't here because they don't happen to be peaking or prolific. (Or, yes, Pootie Tang.) But onstage is where he really brings the pain.These 50 people (or teams) are all reasons why we are in a new golden age of comedy. Kate Mc Kinnon Mc Kinnon's been the MVP on Saturday Night Live for so long it's easy to forget how young she is – and how much more of her brilliance we have to look forward to.So it was more surprising than it should have been that he adapted so smoothly to the sitcom format in Catastrophe.He and Horgan both write and star as a mismatched couple leaping into the mysteries and miseries of parenthood.(And a former rock critic made good, no less.) Perretti ascended with the special One of the Greats, casually announcing, "I guess you could say that I'm a direct vessel of God."Donald Glover Already an acclaimed rap jester under the handle Childish Gambino – and a star on Community, where he played the messiah of an air-conditioner-repairman cult – Glover outdid himself with the rookie season of his dazzlingly ambitious FX comedy, Atlanta, playing Earnest "Earn" Marks, a college dropout who goes back home to restart his life by managing his rapper cousin, Paper Boi.