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The 40 Most Powerful People in Comedy 2019

The Hollywood Reporter polls industry insiders and mines the data (because what's more hilarious than polling and data?) to assemble this second annual list of the artists and executives with the clout to make the world laugh, because anyone can have a TV show these days (OK, even that’s pretty hard), but to make the cut in this issue, you have to deliver eyeballs and eye-catching arena grosses. Oh, and being really f***ing funny doesn’t hurt.

The 40(ish) Most Powerful People in Comedy

Need a good laugh? These days, we all do. Meet the TV auteurs, the stand-ups scoring $20 million Netflix specials and the ventriloquist booking arenas (for real!) as The Hollywood Reporter profiles the players behind billions in funny money in its first comedy power list.