If you’ve ever been to a comedy open mic, you must watch this video. The sketch, called The List, centers on a group of comedians learning that there is a serial killer on the loose picking off up-and-coming comedians. At first, the tone is somber until they learn that the killer is picking off comedians in their local scene in order from funniest to least funny, leading to the comedians arguing about who will be the next victim.
The sketch comes from Pittsburgh native and IFC Comedy Crib alum, Joe Kwaczala. He released the sketch on his personal YouTube channel on the same day he dropped 30 other videos for his 31st birthday. The sketch stars Ellie McElvain, a writer for popular internet comedians Rhett & Link’s Mythical Entertainment.
I will be releasing 31 videos today- something I decided to do when I turned 31 in May. Most are comedy, but some are not! Lots of different types of stuff, all made without a budget but with the help of many wonderful people. Gonna post them in this thread throughout the day. pic.twitter.com/roA7dgXwP2
— Joe Kwaczala (@joekjoek) November 14, 2018
The List perfectly captures the feeling of doing comedy in a small scene, where everyone has opinions on who is the funniest and who isn’t. The sketch directed by Daniel J. Clark, also cleverly turns comedian’s obsession with lists on its head. Just this week Vulture published their annual list of comedians to watch this year. Many comedians make fun of funniest comedians lists, including notable stand-up, Zach Broussard, who has been releasing a nonsensical list of the “top 1000” comedians annually since 2015. [Ed. Note: Laughspin releases an annual list of the best stand-up specials of the year. We know we’re part of the problem.]
Watch the full sketch here and be ashamed at how much you relate.