2013 is over and by reading this you know that it’s time for our year end list (we wait until the actual end of the year, just so we don’t miss anything and thank goodness we did) known as The 100 Best Things in Comedy We Were Witness To In No Particular Order (here’s last year’s edition, if you need a refresher).
This allows us to not rank anything, include whatever we want even if it’s not a comedy special, web series, or a podcast, and give you a pretty great tapestry of comedy as great as it was over the last year.
So, let’s see if we can avoid overusing the words funny, hilarious, and hysterical in describing 100 of our favorite things in comedy in 2013.
1. Paul F. Tompkins has made our list every year and rightfully so by his fantastic comedic output including his new panel show with puppets No, You Shut Up on Fusion, his current podcast Dead Authors, continuing his one-on-one interview series Speakeasy.
3. Mark Normand’s Conan set; great start to finish including shaking Conan’s hand.
4. Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s Rick and Morty on Adult Swim was what every adult who loved Dexter’s Laboratory growing up needed.
5. Cameron Esposito had a historic set on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (it was a great set and Leno who was watching commented that old white guys are on their way out) and, amongst so many other things, an award winning podcast/live show in Put Your Hands Together (i.e. a great 2013 that topped the 2012 that got her on our list last year).
6. Katie Crown and Davey Johnson's interruption bits during live shows involving time travel gone horribly wrong and something called “Tinsel Townies” (which we saw get two encores on New Year's Eve) had us laughing to the point where we had to catch our breath for a couple of minutes.
7. Kurt Braunohler (another 3 timer for our list) did so many amazing things in 2013 including his skywriting prank that was funded by Kickstarter, a joke stop sign that was still up the last time we checked, and released a nice debut comedy album in How Do I Land?
8. Just watch The Walsh Brothers’ Great and Secret Somedy Show. No further explanation/convincing should be needed (oh, they made our list in 2011 just in case).
9. Todd Berger’s It’s A Disaster is the unsung post apocalyptic dark comedy of the year. Because of it, there needs to be an award category somewhere for it.
10. For how purely absurd they were willing to go (i.e. do an impromptu prayer to Taryn Manning amongst other non-religious things at the LA Podcast Festival) and how snappy their chemistry is, Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi’s Throwing Shade needs to be on your podcast list.
My Maude team Beige got a nice mention, check it out! #64!
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