12 L.A. Comedy Acts to Watch in 2013
3. Hampton Yount
Jazz Ponce, booker with the stand-up showWhat's Up, Tiger Lily?: "Virginia native Hampton Yount thrives on his ability to perform without a safety net. Predictably is not part of his repertoire. At first glance Hampton resembles a sweet Boy Scout-type. On stage he pulls a sneak attack, taking the audience on a roller coaster ride of unimaginable twist and turns. The outcome is dark and twisted but always funny; his affable yet exuberant demeanor allows the audience to trust whatever he throws at them. Combine that with a unique blend of comedy and you have the audience laughing through every taboo and absurd loop de loop."
2. Beth Stelling
Danielle N. Kramer, program director and producer at the Nerdist Showroom: "In addition to being an incredibly funny writer of cleverly crafted jokes, Beth Stelling has this playfully intoxicating delivery that immediately grabs you. She slathers everything in a thick layer of Midwestern charm, so no one flinches when she talks about tucking her dick into her sock so it doesn't get caught in her bike chain. Beth had only been in L.A. a short time before she was whisked away overnight to perform on Conan, and she's popping up everywhere on the best shows in the city. Check out her album Sweet Beth and her weekly show The Business."
1. Ron Funches
He may have come up in the now-booming Portland comedy scene, but since moving to Los Angeles this past summer Funches's aw-sucks introspection has been a welcome addition to an environment that traditionally tends to gravitate toward vacuous over-exuberance. Named one of Esquire's Best New Stand-Up Comedians, the Conan and Portlandia vet combines highly personal, not-so-life-altering experiences with a singsongy, measured cadence; the result is a deceptively magnetic performer that audiences find not only hilarious but intriguing on the most basic of human levels.