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Ones to Watch

The next Ike and Chelsea are already out there — maybe even on this list of Key and Peele’s favorite on-the-rise comics

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Justin Hires
A Key & Peele regular, the 21 Jump Street standout is part of MTV’s latest prank show, Jerks With Cameras.

Tim Robinson and Sam Richardson
Key protégés, these Second City alums are members of the comedy team Cook County Social Club. ”They’re about to explode,” says Key.

Justin Peele
Jordan’s cousin Justin has a fresh take on race-based comedy. ”He has cool, kind-of-21st-century observations,” says Key.

King Bach
The Vine star has racked up over 8.3 million followers with his sketches. ”Jordan showed him to me one day, and he blew me away,” says Key.

Brendon Walsh
”He’s a perpetual prankster and really relishes being antagonistic,” Peele says. ”He’s a breed that I don’t see a lot of in the stand-up world these days.”

Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair
Key, who costars on their USA show, Playing House, calls the duo ”a female Laurel and Hardy.”

Yassir Lester
Lester recently showcased his whip-smart humor as a judge on MTV’s new series Snack-Off.

Jerrod Carmichael
His stand-up has earned him a pilot in development at NBC and an HBO special on Oct. 4. ”He uses his charm to be able to deliver really subversive material in a really palatable way,” says Peele.

Garfunkel and Oates
Key is high on Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, the stars of the IFC series: ”They do really provocative stuff, but they handle it with deftness.”

Little Esther
Her quirky, awkward comedy — most famously on display in her MTV (Other) Web series Esther With Hot Chicks — scored her an upcoming role on Key & Peele.