Comedy is a craft that takes many years to master. Many of the comedians we adore today were working at it for many years before their names became household ones. With this slow and steady approach to stand-up comedy, it is rare to see a young comedian break through and gain success early. Though few and far between, young comedians are slowly making a name for themselves and here are the top 3.
Having released his first stand-up comedy special in 2010 at the age of 27, Hannibal Buress is a young comedian who is definitely on the rise. Well respected by the older generation, Hannibal Buress started performing in his hometown of Chicago Illinois, opening for the legend that was Mitch Hedberg. With a similar relaxed style to Hedberg, Buress quickly made a name for himself after moving to New York, writing for television shows Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock.
The face of Aziz Ansari is one that you may find popping up on your screen more and more these days. After a part in Adam Sandler's movie Funny People and being one of the cast members of NBC's Parks and Recreation, Aziz has continued to grow as a comedian and an actor. Like Hannibal, his debut comedy CD/DVD Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening was released in 2010 to critical acclaim and his second special Dangerously Delicious was independently released in 2012.
Donald is the second person on this list who also has a burgeoning career as an actor and writer to bolster his stand-up exploits. As well as writing, acting and performing stand-up, Glover also takes to the stage as a rapper going by the name of Childish Gambino. A man of many talents, Glover's stand-up is growing leaps and bounds and his Comedy Central Special Weirdo was released in 2011. Glover can be seen performing stand-up in New York and Los Angeles California as well as on NBC's critically acclaimed comedy Community.