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The Hollywood Reporter Unveils Comedy Class of 2013

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    Comedy Issue
    Hot Dealmakers Agents - H 2013
    Joe Pugliese
    From left: Heyman, 43; Becky, 50; Smith, 36; Rice, 42; and Hodes, 44.
    Hot Dealmakers
    3 Arts' Dave Becky, CAA's Jason Heyman, WME's Greg Hodes, Mosaic's Christie Smith and UTA's Matt Rice

    Gather the dealmakers behind some of the year's biggest comedy stars into a booth at West Hollywood hotspot Craig's, and the conversation (appropriately) devolves into laughs.

    The group -- Hodes (whose clients include Seth MacFarlane and Anchorman director Adam McKay), Heyman (Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell), Rice (Mindy KalingParks and Recreation creator Mike Schur), Becky (Louis C.K., Amy Poehler) and Smith (Daniel Tosh, Nick Kroll) -- joked about trolling for talent at Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade. But the tone shifted when they discussed their clients, many of whom have collaborated on or competed for projects.

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    Becky revealed that C.K.'s innovative decision to deliver his stand-up special, Live at the Beacon Theater, directly to his fans via his website came at the comedian's insistence, despite several lucrative offers from traditional outlets. Heyman explained his role in negotiating the deals for all three Hangover stars on the cover of this issue, while Hodes described the series of efforts (Comedy Central roasts, SNL) that paved the way for MacFarlane to host the Oscars.

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