The honorees will be profiled in the July 18 issue of Variety and at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal at a cocktail party on Thursday, July 26, followed by a panel and showcase on Friday, July 27.
The standups and comedy creatives are chosen by a group of Variety editors, reporters, and critics after extensive discussions with the comedy community, including those that scout, book, represent, produce, and cast comics on a daily basis.
Variety launched the list in 2000 with such now-recognizable names as Zach Galifianakis and Patton Oswalt. Over the years, other honorees have included Tiffany Haddish, Hasan Minhaj, Amy Schumer, Kumail Nanjiani.
“It’s hard to remember a more unsettled time for the business of comedy. From the Trump Effect to the digital disruption of normal business models, while the causes are widely discussed and debated, the solution is always the same: laughter,