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The Hollywood Reporter Unveils Comedy Class of 2013

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A list of who is ha-ha hot right now in Hollywood -- plus Judd Apatow reveals 15 facts about Lena Dunham, Jimmy Kimmel's writers share his best script notes and how to rewrite "Zero Dark Thirty" as a comedy.

Ramona Rosales

This story first appeared in the May 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

When a passed-over sitcom pitch becomes a billion-dollar asset (Modern Family), when a guy morphs from web upstart to Comedy Central stalwart (Daniel Tosh), when buzzy awards-show hosts generate double-digit ratings boosts (Team Tina & Amy and, yes, Seth MacFarlane too), it’s clear that comedy in Hollywood is no joke.

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As you’ll read, the members of THR’s Comedy Class of 2013 will do anything for a laugh, seizing every opportunity on the stage, page and screen -- big, small or mobile -- to build fresh fan bases (and revenue streams). Editors measured who in the past 12 months gained the most momentum (which is why some big names -- Ferrell, Sandler -- didn’t make the cut) as they merged mass with edge, exploited cultural memes and changed distribution models to make the most of the genre’s new multiplatform, social-media-saturated reality.

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And yes, people, they’re laughing all the way to the bank.

Written by Matthew Belloni, Alison Brower, Leslie Bruce, Rebecca Ford, Lesley Goldberg, Marisa Guthrie, Michael O'Connell, Lacey Rose, Sophie Schillaci, Tatiana Siegel and Stacey Wilson

Edited by Lacey Rose and Alison Brower

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  1. Hot Dealmakers

    3 Arts' Dave Becky, CAA's Jason Heyman, WME's Greg Hodes, Mosaic's Ch...read more

  2. Seth MacFarlane

    The Provocateurread more

  3. Mindy Kaling

    The Tireless Talentread more

  4. Key & Peele

    Impersonators in Chiefread more

  5. Jimmy Kimmel

    The Rising Star of Late Nightread more

  6. Marc Maron

    Podcast Phenomenonread more

  7. Melissa McCarthy

    Leading Ladyread more

  8. 'Modern Family'

    Sitcom Stalwartread more

  9. 'Parks and Recreation' Cast

    Platform Pushersread more

  10. Tina Fey & Amy Poehler

    Awards Darlingsread more

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