Comedy: behind the scenes of Portlandia and Broad City are these influential people

Have You Heard of These Behind-the-Scenes Influences in Comedy?

Have You Heard of These Behind-the-Scenes Influences in Comedy?

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Jan. 8 2015 12:25 PM

Most Influential Behind-the-Scenes Voices in Comedy

Some of the unseen hands of modern comedy.

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At any given moment, there are a few comedians who rise to the level of household names, and a great number of younger up-and-comers striving for more exposure. But, there are also a number of producers, directors, editors, executives, and teachers who profoundly affect the forms and styles of modern comedy without popular knowledge or recognition. Here are some of the behind-the-scenes voices shaping what we see—from Bob’s Burgers to Broad City—who you may never have heard of.

Update, Jan. 12, 2014: This post has been updated to amend Lance Bangs' TV and movie credits.

Chris Wade is a New York-based video and audio producer and an occasional contributor to Brow Beat.