Comedians who write very funny jokes include Jen Kirkman, Louis C.K., Eddie Pepitone, Brooks Whelan and Matt Braunger. All of these comedians released television stand-up specials in 2015, playing into the era's resurgence of stand-up comedy.Continue Reading
In her 2015 special, many of Jen Kirkman's jokes revolve around her own recognition and acceptance of her fraught personal status: a 40-something childless divorcee. After becoming active as a stand-up comedian in 1997, Kirkman achieved greater recognition through her appearances on the TV show "Chelsea Lately" and the Comedy Central series "Drunk History."
Born Louis Szekely, Louis C.K. began his stand-up career at an open-mic night in 1985, although he was so disappointed with his performance that he swore off live performances for two years. After moving from California to Manhattan, C.K.'s comedy career continued to grow throughout the 1990s. HBO aired C.K.'s first stand-up special in 1996, and the comedian has filmed five such specials, as of 2015. In addition to achieving critical acclaim for his jokes, C.K. has earned a reputation as a very prolific joke writer.
A specialist in darkly comical jokes, Eddie Pepitone is influenced by the biting humor of comedy greats Jackie Gleason and Don Rickles. In addition to his comedy career, Pepitone has performed in many dramatic acting roles.Learn more about Jokes