10 Comedians Who Deserve Their Own TV Show

With Louie returning for its third season tomorrow on FX, we thought it was a good time to show some respect to those comedians who haven’t yet reached Louie C.K. level. While these guys might not get away with insulting their Twitter followers and actually gaining fans from it, they are comics we happen to love and think you should know about. Here are the 10 comedians we think are deserving of their own show. (Some clips are NSFW.)

1. Nate Bargatze

Nate Bargatze is one of those comedians that just makes it look effortless. He’s like that guy in your group of friends who just talks and everyone is laughing like you just passed something around. We have no idea about his acting chops, but we’d watch his show.

2. Hannibal Buress

We first saw Hannibal when he opened for Aziz Ansari and immediately loved his style. Dude can write a joke. Guess that shouldn’t be shocking since he wrote for 30 Rock and SNL.

3. Amy Schumer

Most of the public starting paying attention to Amy Schumer after she destroyed on the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, but she’s been delivering clever lines about sex and booze for a while now. A show about her partying with guys that can’t hang would be season passed on our DVR.

4. Kevin Hart

Even if Kevin Hart’s fame has already surpassed TV show level, it would still be great to get a 30 minute sitcom out of him.

5. Kyle Kinane

Kyle Kinane sports the beard and raspy voice of a guy who’s been on a year-long bender. We’ll assume he was, but luckily he came back with some great stories. While we don’t know his drinking habits, we would love to see a show for once where the lead character was drunk 24/7.

6. TJ Miller

More than anyone on this list, TJ might actually be ready to be a breakout comedic actor. As good as his standup is, he seems to have the presence to carry a show.

7. Patton Oswalt

Speaking of guys who might be beyond doing their own show, Patton Oswalt has already conquered movies (he’s the only reason we took our eyes off Charlize Theron during Young Adult), television and books (seriously, go read Zombie Spaceship Wasteland). If anyone on this list can challenge the clout of Louie, it’s Patton. Here’s hoping there’s a Spence spin-off.

8. Maria Bamford

You either won’t get Maria Bamford or you’ll think she’s brilliant. We side with the latter. She’s quirky in a way that we think would work for a refreshingly offbeat TV show. One that doesn’t star Zooey Deschanel.

9. Kumail Nanjiani

We would love to see a show of Kumail just riffing on video games. His Call of Duty bit is one of our favorites, and we’ve said it for a long time, “There aren’t enough hilarious video game shows.”

10. Brody Stevens

YES! Brody’s energy is enough to jump right through your television set. Seriously, give him a show, he’s got Zach Galifianakis on speed dial.


  • al

    Body Stevens is way too creepy looking to be on television (unless he’s playing a serial killer or rapist) and definitely not funny enough for prime time.

  • dope

    Hannibal Buress is my favorite part of the Eric Andrew Show on adult swim. dude’s too good.

  • Standish

    While we don’t know his drinking habits, we would love to see a show for once where the lead character was drunk 24/7.

    Sounds like the old Foster Brooks routine from the 60s and 70s. He was funny but it got real old real quick.

  • Mac

    Jackie Kashian should clearly be on this list if you’re putting up her gal pal Maria Bamford and Patton Oswalt. The thing is that Jackie’s definitely funnier than Oswalt and most of the people on this list. I would say it’s a tie between her and Maria in talent. Maria’s humor is she can switch from dimwitted blonde to brainy blonde in a heart-beat and has very sneaky humor which pokes fun and the life of being a beautiful person and how they always seem to be empty headed. However, this is Jackie’s post and follow her on a pod cast or her comedy spots on Youtube and Comedy Central. She tours college and I hope she comes to SIUC someday.

  • Jon

    Yes, because another sitcom where good comedians are whored out and not allowed to swear or write their own material is exactly what the television world needs now. Way to promote the watered-down comedy excrement that fills our airwaves.

  • russianspy1234

    Kumail has his own show now. Franklin and Bash

  • kayla

    Hey, thanks for the list! Stand up comedy is the best once you land on a good comedian! Aziz Azari is another one I would add to the list. Although, he technically has a show since he appears in Parks and Rec. I wish it wasn’t so hard to find good comedians. It takes a lot of work to sift through the duds too. At least I can use your list now as a reference when looking for one to watch. I probably have one of these specials recorded already since my Hopper DVR box that has a ton of recording space on it. I have a bad habit of not deleting anything on there. Between school and my job at Dish, I don’t have a lot of time to watch TV, let alone delete things. If you have any more recommendations, pass them my way and I will do the same!

  • Evan

    Why the hell isn’t Jim Carrey on this list. He has to be the greatest comedian alive!

  • Andrew Stachowski

    You have terrible taste in comedians.

  • Jim

    Jim Norton should be #1 on this list.

  • dowhaditty

    This was a cool page with great funny links, but I would have liked to see “Lee Camp” on this list.

  • z

    I wouldn’t give any comedian a TV Show, but only because it would ruin their integrity. All the comedians who became TV stars have basically stopped touring. Keep comedians doing stand up, record it and put it on Comedy Central, there’s your TV show.

  • ε:ʚþ

    If these joke were their best work, then they fail miserably.
    Except Marie Bamford. Satiric jokes presented slow with great face expression is a hit.
    Of this list I only know Patton Oswalt and he isn’t that funny, so my opinion is based on this first impression.

  • Joe

    F**K amy shumer!

  • http://www.facebook.com/OnlyOneHere Karl Los Miller

    everyone already has.

  • http://www.facebook.com/OnlyOneHere Karl Los Miller

    Someone ELSE picked these jokes out as to be the comedians “funniest jokes” I think you should check these guys out before you judge them yourself as opinion is pretty much just that.