He’s gained national attention as the high-stakes comeback kid on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and now, comedian Alingon Mitra has started to carve an international path as well. The Boston native, who famously divvied up his 2013 Boston Comedy Festival winnings among other contestants and The One Fund, was named today as one of the Montreal’s Just For Laughs New Faces of Comedy for 2014.
The New Faces of Comedy provides an opportunity where emerging new talent gets the chance to impress industry bigwigs and fans alike. Stand-up superstars are born at New Faces, and it is only fitting that Mitra is included in the selection for this year’s festival.
The Boston Comedy Scene Examiner is packing up to hit the road this week for Montreal to check out all of the New Faces of Comedy in person.
Despite finding himself eliminated in the current season of Last Comic Standing, Mitra is poised to win this year’s first-ever “Comic Comeback”, as he has advanced to round four of the fan voting-based contest. The voting continues this week, and you can vote for Mitra by simply tweeting his name, along with the hashtag #ComicComeback.
“It's definitely an uphill battle to get back onto the finale, so regardless of if I make it or not, I'm still going to keep writing, getting on stage a lot, and trying to produce more material that hopefully comedy fans will enjoy,” Mitra recently told the Boston Comedy Scene Examiner. “There are a couple of other things in the pipeline that I can't discuss until they're finalized. But I just taped a set for Adam Devine's House Party. That will air on Comedy Central in the fall, so I'm excited to see that when it comes out.”
While some may find themselves intimidated by the competition, Mitra maintains an eagerness and perspective that is sure to get him far professionally.
“I've been doing stand up for about four years, and many of the others had at least a dozen years under the belt. I felt like a 4th grader getting to perform with college and Ph.D. students,” Mitra reflects. “Honestly, the experience gap was so big, it became more liberating than intimidating -- I felt like I didn't really have a shot to even be on the show, let alone advance, so each performance I did, I was looser than I would have been otherwise.”
Mitra finds himself in good company for Just For Laughs, as Brad Wenzel , Drew Michael, Eliza Skinner, Grant Lyon, Hampton Yount, Hasan Minhaj, Jack Robichaud, Jake Weisman, Jen D’Angelo, Jesse Elias, John McKeever, Justine Marino, Kate Berlant, Matteo Lane, Michelle Wolf, Monroe Martin, Nore Davis, Randy Liedtke, Ryan O’Flanagan, and Whitmer Thomas join this year’s New Faces of Comedy.
2014’s New Faces of Comedy: Characters includes Beth Hoyt, Chelsea Davison, Greg Tuculescu, Holly Laurent, John Reynolds, LaKendra Tookes, Mary Holland, Michael Antonucci, and Michael Lehrer.
Also featured as 2014’s Homegrown Comics are Sam Easton, Michael Harrison, Eric Andrews, Steph Tolev, DJ Demers, Amanda Brooke Perrin, Alex Pavone, Nick Carter and Morgan O’Shea.
The Boston Comedy Scene Examiner sends its heartfelt congratulations to Alingon Mitra – one Boston comedian who is having the year of a lifetime. Be sure to tweet your support to get Mitra back on Last Comic Standing and be sure to keep your eye on this fast-rising Boston talent!