It's that time of year again! Time to ramp up your hatred of yourself and your peers as you see who got New Faces. Wooo! Just remember, it's just a fun free trip to Montreal and an ego boost, it's not the magic ticket to stardom and happiness immediately and forever, so go back to hating your peers for the usual reasons.
It's a good list this year, a diverse group including mostly actual unknowns. My only complaint is that they didn't just bring back the 2013 class, which was basically all my comedy BFFs.
That said, here are a few real stand-outs from the 2014 class
Monroe Martin - You've certainly already seen his great act and adorable face on Last Comic Standing. He's so funny, you can see the talent through the weeds of the silly challenges and "coaching sessions" they throw at the LCS contestants.
Hasan Minaj - I've known of Hasan through his sketch group Goatface for some time, but I finally got so see him do a good long set at Moontower this spring and he blew me away. Good jokes, great underlying mechanics and confident stage presence.
Michelle Wolf - I love Michelle because she's a great writer and she's kinda weird, but naturally unique weird, not like "Hey look, I'm being kooky!" weird. Did I mention great writer?
Matteo Lane - Adorable gay fireball, who can fill any room with his personality and get even the stiffest of crowds on board.
Jake Weisman - Well I guess this is growing up. This is the first time anyone even in the general vicinity of being my "peer" is on New Faces. So I'm going to give that weird compliment of, I've seen Jake come up since close to the beginning and always thought, "Yeah, that guy's funny" but then I recently went months without seeing the incremental growth and when I saw him again, I was like, "Jesus, he is strong."