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Next Gen 2012: Hollywood's Fastest-Rising Stars

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    Jessica Chou
    Josh Lieberman
    3 Arts, Manager

    Lieberman’s portfolio reads like a who’s who of the up-and-coming comedy scene. Among the clients whose careers the Phoenix native, 32, (and Arizona State graduate) has helped navigate in recent years: Happy EndingsAdam Pally, Whitney’s Chris D’Elia and Parks and Recreation producer Harris Wittels.

    INDUSTRY MENTOR: 3 Arts’ Dave Becky.

    BIG BREAK: Being hired as Dave’s assistant 8½ years ago. [Lieberman started as an assistant at Imagine, where former TV chief David Nevins recommended him for the 3 Arts gig.]

    BEST ADVICE: Just figure it out.

    BIGGEST 2012 ACCOMPLISHMENT: Harris Wittels getting an overall deal at NBC and Moshe Kasher coming out with a book called Kasher in the Rye this March. It’s excellent.

    CAN’T-MISS TV: Breaking Bad and Homeland.

    MOVIE FIX: American Psycho makes me laugh every time. Is that too creepy?

    ONLINE OBSESSION: Is there anything more important than TMZ?

    LUNCH SPOT: Any place that takes my expense account. Really? South Beverly Grill.

    WHEN I’M NOT WORKING I’M: Playing a really embarrassing round of golf.

    I WAKE UP AT: 6 a.m.

    THE FIRST THING I DO: Listen to comedy podcasts at the gym.

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