Here is a list of artists that inspire me and (unless you're bereft of taste) will inspire you as well:
JB is a terrific comic book artist. If you're awesome (and have a quarter), he'll send you a copy of his comic Jumpgirl (I've read it; it's good.)
That is Ray Harrington's title-winning performance in the Portland's Funniest Professional Contest 2010. This is an article about him winning. He's hilarious, and one of my personal favorite comedians I've met since I've been doing stand up.