Best Of 2017

BEST UP-AND-COMING COMEDIENNE: Aniria Turney

BEST UP-AND-COMING COMEDIENNE

Aniria has been performing stand-up in Florida for many years and has been booked on main stages for some time now. So why is she Best Up-And-Coming this year? Because she's stepped up her game, taking the closing spot on many shows and bringing her sarcastic Latina material to bigger and better venues. She's also hitting the small screen, earning her SAG card and making appearances on NBC's Chicago Med and the Netflix movie Naked, starring Marlon Wayans. If she works her way up through those ranks like she did stand-up comedy (Aniria still goes to open mics to work on material), she'll soon be commanding bigger roles there, too. —Michael Murillo