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30 Comedians to Know in 2016 PT 1


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“Raising a child is like taking care of someone who’s on way too many shrooms, while you yourself are on a moderate amount of shrooms. I am not confident in my decisions, but I know you should not be eating a mouse pad.”

Ron Funches

American stand-up comedian/ actor/ writer Ron Funches is one of those comedians with an easy going and inventive style, unique delivery and loveable demeanor. It even states on his official website that “You [will] just want to hug and squeeze him like a big stuffed bear”. Funches was busier than ever in 2015; this past year in television, he starred (and continues to star) in the NBC series Undateable as Shelly, was a writer for Kroll Show, made appearances in the television programs Cougar Town, Drunk History, BoJack Horseman and currently has the record for most wins on Comedy Central’s @midnight. He also held roles in the 2015 films such as Get Hard, Movie Mind Machine and Killing Hasselhoff. Believe it or not, it looks as though Funches schedule will be even busier in 2016, as he will be making country-wide stand-up appearances from Jan. 10 until Aug. 25. His entire filmography can be seen here.

As a kid growing up in Chicago, Funches never imagined that comedy would be his career. Whenever he and his sister got in trouble, in order to avoid a scolding from his mother, Funches would use his talent to diffuse the situation. He would make his mother laugh so hard that she would eventually break down laughing and Funches and his sister would not be punished. When sharing this story in an interview with LA Mag, he added, “That was the first time I thought to myself, ‘maybe I am funny.’”

When he was a teenager, Funches relocated to Oregon where he made his debut as a comedian about seven years ago at the age of 23. Since then Funches, “whose loveable laidback stage persona is a perfect vessel for his razor sharp observations on everything from casual racism to raising a son with autism”, has taken the national comedy scene by storm. When asked about how much his life has changed since his career skyrocketed, he replied “I’m just generally happy to be alive…I think my comedy is about finding the good in the bad situations—finding the joy…Why be angry? It doesn’t help anything”.

Funches currently resides in Southern California. Tickets to his stand-up shows can be seen and purchased here…but hurry up and buy them if you want to attend…some shows are already almost sold out.

You can follow Ron Funches on his official website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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