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30 Comedians to Know in 2016 PT 1



“My wife makes a mean breakfast. Here’s your omelette asshole.”

Gary Vider

In the 10-year history of NBC’s hit show, America’s Got Talent, only four stand-up comics have made it to the final ten and Gary Vider is one of them. Vider made his TV stand-up debut in 2014 on TBS’, Conan and then continued to make other TV appearances in programs including Gotham Live and Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen.

He has also been heard on SiriusXM’s The Jay Thomas Show and Sam Roberts’ Show, has performed nationally in comedy festivals such as Bridgetown and Laughing Skull, and in 2014, He placed 1st in the Carolines on Broadway March Madness Competition where he beat out 63 of NYC’s best young comedians.

The comedian has also had jokes published in The New York Times and Time Out NY magazine and was named Comic to Watch by Esquire.

New York based Vider says he always wanted to be a stand-up comedian, but it wasn’t until he was fired from his job as a receptionist five years ago that he decided to stop letting even more time pass and finally pursue his dream. Well, Vider didn’t waste any time at all after he made that decision.

On the very same day he was fired, he hit the New York comedy scene and hasn’t looked back, performing everywhere from bowling alleys, and in front of audiences that expanded from college students to grandparents.

After one of Vider’s recent comedy performances, a patron posted “I can’t remember his name, but that short weird bald guy is funny.” Vider of course, hopes that the rest of America will agree. Fans of the comedian are in fact, in agreement and know that 2016 will be an important year for this fresh-faced comic.

A dog walker by day (though he’s pretty much hung up the leashes at this point) and a performer by night, Vider’s hard work and dedication are starting to pay off, and to his delight, audiences are taking notice.

After almost a decade-long struggle to make it to the scene, 32-year-old Vider’s goal to be able to headline around the country is finally within reach. In an interview with Buffalo News, Vider discusses his next big plans. “I want to put a tour together.

The money obviously would be great. It would…be a way for me to settle and focus on my career fully. The last [few] years I haven’t had a lot of money. It would give me a chance to focus on coming up with more material and I would also love to write a TV show.”

Vider has over 30 live appearances booked from Jan. 4 to Feb 2 in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey. (The specific dates, times and locations of the shows can be seen here).

It’s safe to say that Gary Vider has a lot of tricks up his sleeve for 2016 and we’re looking forward to it. Keep up with this new comedian (who is about to have a mega-successful year) on his official website, TwitterFacebook and  Instagram.

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