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30 Comedians to Know in 2016 PT 2

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They put me in Special Ed because they thought I was slow, but I stayed in Special Ed for the ladies.”

Eugene Mirman

Russian-born American comedian and writer Eugene Mirman has been active in the comedy scene since 1991 and has been named Best New York City Comedian by the Village Voice, one of “50 Funniest” by Time Out New York and one of the 10 best comedians of the decade  by Paste Magazine. He is best known for his current role as the voice of Gene Belcher on the Fox animated series Bob’s Burgers (2011-present) and for  playing Yygeny Mirminsky on Delocated (2008-2013).

Mirman’s work is not only in television; his comedy also takes the form of other mediums such as stand-up, books, newspaper, radio and podcasts and audio. The genres of his comedy performances are absurdism, observational comedy and satire that takes on subjects such as American culture, everyday life and self-depreciation.

The comedian’s discography spans from 2004 to 2015 and include The Absurd Nightclub Comedy of Eugene Mirman (2004), Invite Them Up (2005), En Garde, Society! (2006), Comedians of Comedy 3” Tour CD (2006), God is a Twelve-Year-Old Boy with Asperger’s (2009), An Evening of Comedy in a fake Underground Laboratory (2012) and his most recent Vegan on His Way to the Complain Store­ (2015). The comedian also released the hilarious parodyish self-help book The Will to Whatevs in 2009 and regularly appears on StarTalk Radio.

Mirman’s stand-up style is certainly unique, making it all the more hilarious. His jokes don’t require much deep thought as they are very straightforward. One of the funniest qualities of these jokes is how abruptly they end. The audience expects Mirman to say more but when he ends his stories before going into any detail about what he has just said, fans are left in hysterics. The thing about Mirman is, he keeps things simple. And these simple jokes are absurd. And these simple, absurd jokes are what makes Mirman, well, Mirman.

In 2008, Mirman founded the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival (EMCF) which is produced by Pretty Good Friends: Mirman and Julie Smith Clem. EMF is called “the world’s first sincere-and-ironic comedy festival that celebrates a close-knit comedy community, while making fun of the trappings of comedy festivals” and performers participate in the festival because of their “enthusiasm for this dumb, but charming, annual tradition”. There are currently upcoming “Pretty Good” comedy events (which will be hosted by and will feature the stand-up comedy of Mirman) scheduled from Jan. 18 through Feb. 1. Event dates, times and locations can be seen and tickets can be purchased here.

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