The Six Best Local Comedians in Miami

Categories: Comedy

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Send in the motherfucking clowns.

We'll take comedians any day over writers, poets, thespians, musicians, models, photographers, visual artists, or filmmakers. Comedians, in their own unique way, are artists, too -- self-deprecating, ironic, intelligent, sensitive, neurotic yet brave, humble yet egotistical, damaged goods but mostly just awesome.

Luckily, we have a lot of comedic talent in Miami.

Sure, we often lose that local talent to New York and L.A. But South Florida is a top ten media market, and we're growing, especially in the entertainment industry. Plus, there's a heightened level of "talent circulation," and people are coming and going constantly. That means an array of fresh faces, plus some die-hard local standbys with a style all their own.

If you're unfamiliar with the local scene, here's a list of the top six comedians, in order, currently performing in Miami. We also asked the comedians to give us their own list of favorite acts, allowing them the option to include themselves on the list.

6. Dan DeCotiis
The first time we saw Dan perform, about two years ago, we really thought the Boca-based dude was on heroin. But in a good way; he had a Mitch Hedberg thing going on. Recently, we caught Dan perform again, and noticed his maturity, in both demeanor and comedic timing. He's one of the fastest rising comedians in South Florida.

Dan's top five Miami comedians:
1. David Stebbins
2. Matt Zigan
3. Ricky Cruz
4. John Wynn
5. Patrick Schroeder

5. Ricky Cruz
Ricky's been killing it in South Florida for a long time; this is his 15th year in the business. He's been around, son. Literally, he has like three kids. Ricky balances the family and entertainment world like a bawse, which is one reason why we never lost him to L.A., or New York. Still, this Miami native is a pro. Ricky's a stand-up guy in a stand-up world--he's got a special look--plus his comedy evolves and his timing's impeccable.

Ricky's top five Miami comedians:
1. Dave Stebbins
2. Carl Rimi
3. Nery Saenz
4. John Vargas
5. John Wynn

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so predictable.


Marvin Dixon and Benji Brown should definitely be on this list.


Carl Rimi, Pam Bruno, Perry Sak, Jamal Hatar - all people who could make a top five list of local comics.

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