The Comedy Boom Is About to Go Bust — and That’s a Good Thing

“Much of comedy right now feels stagnant, dominated by the same handful of stars with a flood of talented young performers struggling to break out. When’s the last time a new stand-up superstar came along and changed the game?”

Remember the standup comedy boom of the 1980s which eventually resulted in an industry crash? Well, here we go again.

The New York Times’ Jason Zinoman offers a great overview of the booming state of the comedy business and why it may be headed for a big fall.

As he explains, “It’s hard for an emerging comic to make a splash in this changed landscape, but it might be even more difficult these days for a respected midlevel performer to make the leap to culture-shifting fame. Freshly minted stars are just not as big as they once were.”