Most Influential Behind-the-Scenes Voices in Comedy

Some of the unseen hands of modern comedy.

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.