The 7 Comedy Actors You Need To Know About

Amy Schumer, Bill Hader and the five American comedy actors you should know right now

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1 | Bill Hader [above]

Schumer’s leading man in Trainwreck, Hader’s a “that guy from…” actor, whose distinctive heavy-eyebrows have made memorable-but-smallish turns in Judd Apatow films from Superbad (2007) to Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008). He starred with fellow Saturday Night Live member Kristen Wiig in The Skeleton Twins last year, but Trainwreck – in which he plays a sports doctor who may be the solution Amy isn’t looking for – is a step up. And speaking of big steps, next year he’ll play a giant (not the giant: that’s Mark Rylance) in Spielberg’s The BFG, hopefully for a handsome fee (fi-fo-fum).

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2 | Amy Schumer [above]

In America, the ascent of Schumer has been quick but not unexpected. The New Yorker did the rounds of the comedy and TV circuit and her sketch show, Inside Amy Schumer, has aired since 2013. But over here, Trainwreck – the Judd Apatow-directed comedy she wrote and stars in – will be her debut. So, what to make of her? In the film she plays Amy, a wild and commitment-phobic thirtysomething who just about holds down a job at a men’s mag (holler!) while seducing unsuitables. She’s said Apatow told her to write from experience – but whether that included shtupping the intern we can’t confirm.

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3 | Josh Gad

Gad used to be the guy you got when Jonah Hill was busy, but now Hill’s gone serious (and slimline), he’s the man to play tubby-waisted, sweaty-palmed, well-meaning nerds. He was Elder Cunningham in the original Broadway production of The Book of Mormon and Steve Wozniak in 2013 biopic Jobs (and if you’re six, the snowman in Frozen). This month, you can see him – surprise – as a dweeby video game expert in Adam Sandler’s Pixels, while next year those six-year-olds will have to find some extra room in their hearts when he plays LeFou in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast.
 

4 | Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones

You may know that Bridesmaids director Paul Feig has a Ghostbusters remake in the works, but you might not know much about Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, who will be bustin’ ghouls alongside Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy in the all-female line-up. Both are also SNL alumnae, with McKinnon known for Justin Bieber impressions (and for being the first openly gay woman on the show), while the latter is remembered for her extreme relationship advice (and, at 47, being the oldest new member). The only danger, besides ghosts, is that they get upstaged by the new receptionist: Chris Hemsworth.
 

5 | Adam DeVine

Not to be confused with slinky-trousered indie rocker and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, Adam DeVine is an American comedian and actor, though his pipes have also had a high-profile workout courtesy of his recurring role as a cappella baddie (and Rebel Wilson’s squeeze) Bumper Allen in the Pitch Perfect movies. You might also have seen him as another recurring character, Andy the manny, in Modern Family, but next summer he’ll get a near-lead role when he stars alongside Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick as classified-ad hopefuls in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.
 

6 | Taylor Labine

An anomaly in this list. For starters, he’s Canadian, but he’s also had more than a few pops at stardom, earning a following for appearing in a succession of doomed TV shows. However, Deadbeat, in which he plays a slacker psychic, is now heading for a third season, but given it’s only on Hulu, the American-only free streaming service, your best chance to make his acquaintance will be in Melissa McCarthy vehicle Michelle Darnell, due next April, in which she plays an industry leader convicted of insider trading and he plays a business partner in the brownie-making business she hopes will rescue her image.

Trainwreck is released 14 August

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