This list is very consciously comprised mainly of women and minorities. A few are not stand-ups, and some may not be "lesser known" depending on your location, but here in the states they're not commonly known names. Enjoy!! Thanks @franksars for the request!
  1. I got tired part way through and stopped giving descriptions, but check out all the links!
  2. Richard Ayoade
    Doesn't do stand-up, but often appears as a presenter/contestant on British quiz shows. Known for his role on The IT Crowd. Actor, director, writer, overall beautiful prince. He is perhaps my biggest celebrity crush.
  3. Ron Funches
    Such an adorable sense of humor. Ron Funches has a giggle that could turn granite to gold.
  4. Simon Amstell
    Amstell is awkward and cerebral and vulnerable in all the best ways. Painfully clever and thoughtful. His hour specials are equal parts poignant and hilarious.
  5. Jesse Elias
  6. Hari Kondabolu
  7. Bill Bailey
  8. Aparna Nancherla
  9. Beth Stelling
  10. Issa Rae
  11. Rory Scovel
  12. Mary Holland
  13. Sarah Schaefer
  14. W. Kamau Bell
  15. Nate Bargatze
  16. Marina Franklin