Jun 21, 2019
“I remember the first year of Clusterfest … popping into the room and seeing it completely packed, like wall-to-wall, and thinking, ‘Okay, this is going to be alright.’”
When comediens Julia Shiplett and Tim Platt take the stage at the Larkin Room in San Francisco’s Graham Civic Auditorium for Clusterfest this weekend, it’ll likely be the biggest crowd that’s ever heard their comedy.
And that’s what Comedy Central wants from the nearly 20 up-and-coming comedians who are part of the “Up Next” showcase at the festival, which takes place Friday, June 21 to Sunday, 23 in San Francisco.
Clusterfest will feature an all-star line-up of comedians, including John Mulaney, Amy Schumer, Patton Oswalt, and many more. But, Shiplett and Platt—along with Chris Estrada, Shane Gillis, Molly Kearney, Shapel Lacey, Tim Miller, Mary Beth Barone, Ayo Edebiri, Christina Galston, Luke Mones, Kaleb Stewart, Esteban Touma, Demi Adejuyigbe, Mitra Jouhari, Greta Titelman, Nate Varrone and Max Wittert—haven’t been on TV, nor have they previously been in Comedy Central’s arsenal of talent.
“Up Next” has grown into a three-day event at Clusterfest and is an extension of the network’s ability to introduce talent into the development pipeline. Some of the previous “Up Next” comedians included Jaboukie Young-White, who is now a contributor on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Ramy Youssef, the star and creator of the Hulu hit Ramy, and Bowen Yang, a writer on Saturday Night Live.
The potential for talent, whether part of Viacom, or beyond, is how the network has always functioned, and how they decided on who would be a part of this special showcase at its live event this summer.
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