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The Hollywood Reporter Names 40(ish) Most Influential People in Comedy for 2021


Last week, The Hollywood Reporter released their highly regarded 40ish Most Influential People in Comedy for 2021.

This annual list honors between 40-56 comedians/producers/actors/writers/business figures whom the THR staff consider being this year’s most powerful people in the world of comedy.

Not using a traditional numerical ranking system from 1-56, the list is highlighted by current comedy stars such as Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, as well as newcomers likes Awkwafina and Bo Burnham.

THR nor its staff are in no way announcing themselves as the makers or breakers of all things comedy with the release of this list, but their opinion is extremely respected by most of the comedy’s elite.

Here’s a summary of the exclusive 2021 THR list and can be seen in its entirety HERE

The Hollywood Reporter’s 40(ish) Most Influential People in Comedy 2021 Complete List:

Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, & Jen Statsky (Hacks Creators)

Judd Apatow (Director)

Awkwafina (Actress)

Kenya Barris (Producer)

Dave Burd & Jeff Schaffer (Dave Creators)

Bill Burr (Comedian)

Hasan Minhaj (Comedian)

John Mulaney (Comedian)

Ali Wong (Comedian)

Bo Burnham (Comedian)

Dave Chapelle (Comedian)

Michaela Coel (Actress)

Larry David (Producer)

Will Ferrell & Jessica Elbaum (The Shrink Next Door Creators)

Tina Fey (Producer)

Ziwe Fumudoh (Comedian)

Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo (Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar Actresses)

Tiffany Haddish (Comedian)

Sterlin Harjo (Writer)

Dan Harmon (Writer)

Kevin Hart (Comedian)

Jason Heyman (Agent)

Mindy Kaling (Actress)

Chris Kelly & Sarah Scheider (The Other Two Creators)

Nick Kroll (Big Mouth Creator)

Phil Lord & Chris Miller (Writers)

Chuck Lorre (Writer)

Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Bowen Yang, & Michael Che (Saturday Night Live Cast Members)

Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live Producer)

Robbie Praw (Netflix Comedy Executive)

Issa Rae (Producer)

Phoebe Robinson (Comedian)

Tim Robinson (Actor)

Joe Rogan (Comedian)

Natasha Rothwell (Actress)

Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (Writers)

Michael Schur (Writer)

Jason Sudeikis, Bill Lawrence & Brendan Hunt (Ted Lasso Creators)

Robin Thede (Actress)

Geof Wills (Live Nation Comedy)

John Wilson (Director)

Taika Waititi (Director)

Mike White (The White Lotus Creator)

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