ECNY Awards Are Back

Last year I co-produced the ECNY Awards along with Jon Friedman, Carol Hartsell, Nate Sloan and Alex Zalban.  The awards celebrate New York’s rising comedy stars.  Last year’s show was a great success, and we are pleased to return as a team to produce the show again, now in it’s fifth year.

If you or anyone you know performs stand-up, one-person shows, improv or sketch, or runs a very funny website or creates amazing videos here in New York, go to the nominations page on the website and submit them for consideration.  And yes, you can nominate yourself!  Nominations will be accepted until midnight on December 19th.  More details are on the site, including requirements for nominations, how nominees are chosen, and past winners.  Or just read this press release:


New York, Nov. 18, 2008 – The ECNY Awards, New York’s original comedy awards are now open. Nominations will be accepted until Midnight on December 19, 2008. Nominees will be announced in February, 2009 and winners will be announced at the 2008 ECNY Awards ceremony, held March 9, 2009, at 8:00pm; at Comix NY; 353 West 14th St. The ceremony will be hosted for the second year in a row by Jon Friedman.

“Last year, the ECNY Awards returned to the comedy scene as a resounding success,” said ECNY producer Alex Goldberg. “In the intervening year, our winners have exploded on the national comedy scene; and now, it’s your chance to choose who from New York will explode next. What, too soon?”

Groups or individuals are eligible for nomination in fourteen different categories: Best Female Standup Comedian; Best Host; Best Improv Group; Best Male Standup Comedian; Best Musical Comedy Act (Solo or Group); Best One Person Show; Best Sketch Comedy Group; Best Technician; Best Variety Show; Emerging Comic Award; Outstanding Achievement in Flyer or Postcard Design; Best Website; and Best Performance in a Commercial or Episode of Law & Order.

In addition, The ECNYs will be giving out a Lifetime Achievement Award to one comedian/group/institution who has done the most over the course of his/her/their/its lifetime for the perpetuation and growth of New York comedy. This category will not be open for nomination. Last year’s winner was Eddie Brill (The Late Show With David Letterman).

The Awards, a mainstay of the New York comedy scene, returned in 2007 with a completely revamped production team, after an almost two year hiatus. After a sold out ceremony in January of this year, The ECNYs will continue to celebrate the comedic performing arts in New York City by honoring the best, funniest, and most creative performers, shows, and producers working in the field.

The ECNY Awards are produced by Jon Friedman (The Rejection Show), Alex Goldberg (Fearsome), Carol Hartsell (Drink at Work), Nate Sloan (The Apiary), and Alexander Zalben (Elephant Larry).


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