These comics will be featured in Variety’s July 19th issue and they’ll be celebrated at this year’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival.
The list features six talented female/ non-binary comedy rising stars. Variety only gave us a sneak peak, so we did our own research.
Keep reading to get to know each of the comedians:
From: Brooklyn, New York
Fun Fact: Played competitive tennis in college
TV/ Film Credits: Bravo’s Chatroom, Bravo’s Summer House
Hannah Berner became a comedy sensation through her instagram reels and viral tweets, and she’s amassed 3.5 million followers! Hannah performs standup in NYC and at clubs/ theaters all over. She’s known for her Han on the Street segments, which feature hilarious interviews with strangers on topics like, ‘is it true men are scared of funny women?’ or ‘can men and women really be friends?’ She also has two podcasts- Giggly Squad and Burning in Hell.
From: Bombay, India
Fun Fact: She’s lived in multiple countries
TV/ Film Credits: Won Top Comedy Screenplay Award at Austin Film Festival 2019
Zarna Garg is an Indian-American comedian who delights audiences with her clean, family friendly material about American culture, marriage, and being a nontraditional Indian mom . She was the winner of Kevin Hart’s Comedy competition “Lyft Comics’ and the 2021 ‘Ladies of Laughter’ Newcomer award, and she has over 100 million views on TikTok. She’s a regular at the Comedy Cellar and Caroline’s in New York City and just released her first comedy special on amazon, One in a Billion. She’ll be making multiple appearances at JFL this July!
Catch an upcoming show
Fun Fact: Loves wine
TV/ Film Credits: Baby Hater (documentary),
Joanne McNally is known for her unique take on the world- She tackles topics like aging in your 30s, battling an eating disorder, and dating. She’s taken over the comedy scene in Ireland and the UK. Her one woman show Bite Me was nominated for multiple awards. Her standup shows ‘Wine Tamer’ and “Prosecco Express' consistently sell out. She also co-hosts the podcast My Therapist Ghosted Me.
Catch an upcoming show
From: Bean Station, Tennessee/ San Antonio, TX
Fun Fact: has two beagles
TV/ Film Credits: The Kelly Clarkson Show, The View, Nick at Nite’s Funniest Mom,
Leanne Morgan is the southern aunt you wish you had- an iconic sassy truth teller who shares hilarious stories about husbands, kids, and becoming an empty nester. Her comedy brings women in all ages together- mothers, grandmothers, granddaughters. Leanne Morgan just released her Netflix Special- I’m Every Woman and tours all over the country.
From: Long Island, NY
Fun Fact: Performs under stagename Sarah Squirm
TV/ Film Credits: Saturday Night Live, Eric Andre Show, Jackass Forever
Sarah Sherman is a comedian, actress and screenwriter who recently completed her second season of Saturday Night Live. She’s a wild card whose comedy is absurd, physical and known for elements of ‘body horror.’ She is featured in Adam Sandler’s upcoming film- “You are So Not Invited to my Bar Mitzvah.’
From: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Fun Fact: Graduated from Harvard University
TV/ Film: Joy Ride, writer for Doogie Kameāloha, M.D
Sabrina Wu combines their talents of beat boxing and hip hop dance to tell the story of their experience growing up asian american, coming out to family members, and their perception of success. They’re a Brooklyn-based comedian, writer, and actor who performs all over New York City, including venues like Union Hall and Bellhouse.
So there you have it! These shining stars are doing big things this summer at the JFL Comedy Festival in Montreal. Be on the lookout for them, and be sure to tell us your favorite!