10 L.A. Comedy Acts to Watch in 2014

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4. Matt McCarthy: The former college mascot and World Wrestling Entertainment writer is all about conveying slow-burning energy and an intrinsic physicality. Now co-host of the We Watch Wrestling podcast alongside Tom Sibley and Vince Averill and a regular on TBS talk show The Pete Holmes Show, the omnipresent commercial actor's live stand-up has grown even more measured, with numerous festival (Sasquatch, All Tomorrow's Parties) and TV appearances (Comedy Central) revealing a multidimensional artist capable of commanding laughs with the slightest raise in volume, morose dropping of a lip or knowing arch of an eyebrow.

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3. Betsy Sodaro: A member of Upright Citizens Brigade's house team Bangarang! and weekly performer on the theater's ASSSSCAT showcase, Sodaro, according to UCB artistic director Alex Berg, is "a rare case of somebody who's so innately talented, so naturally and effortlessly hilarious and engaging, that it makes you giddy at the prospect of where she'll be in 10 years." Though her 2012 NBC series, Animal Hospital, didn't pan out, both The Kroll Show and Comedy Bang! Bang! took notice and have given her roles. "You know she's going to be iconic at some point," Berg says. "It's just a question of when it'll happen."

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