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The 7th Annual ECNY Awards @ 92YTribeca - 3.14.11

As custom has it at the ECNY Awards, Andrew WK somersaults on stage then announces the winner of the Emerging Comic Award: Paul Downs! | Photo: Rose Callahan

The stars of NYC comedy made their way to 92YTribeca Monday night to celebrate and party down at The 7th Annual ECNY Awards

Congrats to all of this year's winners!

Best Male Stand-Up Comedian
Kurt Braunohler

Best Female Stand-Up Comedian
Andrea Rosen

Best Sketch Comedy Group
Serious Lunch

Best Variety Show
Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen

Best Improv Group
Death By Roo Roo

Best Website
The Comic's Comic

Best Host
Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal

Best Flyer of Postcard Design
The Paul Downs Syndrome – Rylan Morrison

Best Technician
Beowulf Jones

Best Comedy Podcast
Risk! True Tales, Boldly Told

Best Book
The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex – Kristen Schaal and Rich Blomquist

Best Comedic Video (Short or Series)
“Marcel the Shell With Shoes On” – Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp

Best Comedy Event
The 12th Annual Del Close Marathon

Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Tweeting

Best Storyteller
Tom Shillue

Best Musical Comedy Act (Group or Solo)
Adira Amram

Best One Person Show
“Prison Freaks” – Shannon O’Neill

The Emerging Comic Award
Paul W. Downs

The awards were hosted by Jon Friedman, with trophies presented by past winners Eddie BrillGlennis McMurray, Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri, Paul Briganti & Jared Nuemark of Landline.TV, Carol Hartsell, Sara Benincasa, Myq Kaplan, Snakes, Reggie Watts and Morgan Murphy.  They were joined by Andrew WK, Eliot Glazer, Livia Scott, Chelsea White, The Moon, Mark Normand, David Cope, and Bobby Tisdale.

With musical performances by:  Grease 3: Threase, Stuckey & Murray, Ben Lerman, and Adira Amram & The Experience.


--Kurt Braunohler set a new world record for ECNY trophies by taking home 4 of them. One was for The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex, so it wasn't actually his, but still - Kurt is going to need a new mantel in his apartment. The only person to handle more silver donkies that night was ECNY girl, Katherine Bryant Flaherty.

--A record might've been set too for most awards won by people who have starred in NY Lottery commercials - Andrea Rosen and Serious Lunch's Billy Keenly.

--Stuckey and Murray performed in their patented Fuxedos and I gotta say, the only difference between a Fuxedo and a Dior tux is the zipper running through the middle.  Jon Friedman revealed he bought one and plans on wearing it to an upcoming wedding.

--The Moon put together some sick intro videos, here's one that I'm quite partial to below. You can check the rest out here.

--During his presentation for Best Female Stand-up, Seth Herzog reminded the crowd of the ECNYs humble beginnings: it was started for the sole purpose of driving traffic to a website called Bald Alien Pimp. How about that! I caught up with Seth on the red carpet before the show and had flashbacks of last year when he got in a HEATED SCOLDING MATCH with a reporter for not knowing who he was. Seth says he's now friends with the victim of his verbal tirade, so everything is cool you guys.

--Speaking of the red carpet, Wrestling Team was this year's official interviewers. They said they'll have videos up shortly.

--If you're wondering why the event wasn't at Comix this time around, it's because several ECNYs planners had the foresight to see that the venue was barreling towards closure.  Places the show could've been if they stuck with Comix and had to scramble last minute to find a venue: a back alley, an abandoned condo development, or the bike lanes along Prospect Park West (which no one uses).

--The bar area was a bit boisterous and it made hearing the presenters and performers somewhat difficult unless you were close to the stage. Everyone still had fun though, right??

--I hit the FREE Lagunitas beer pretty hard during happy hour and kept chugging the stuff all night. I woke up yesterday morning literally surrounded by 5 different bags of potato chips and a SlimJim wrapper.  Fortunately for my body mass index, none of the bags were opened. I sort of recall having a craving for chips at some point on my walk from the subway to my apartment--I guess I just bought as many as I could carry then passed out.  I also recall purchasing a salad from Burger King at 3 in the morning too but can't find the receipt.

--Anyway... here are some more photos from the show. All pics courtesy of Rose Callahan Photography.

Adira Amram and the Experience sing a memorable ode to their tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny vaginas.

Mark Normand and David CopeEddie Brill

Andrea Rosen and Kristen Schaal react to an amazing story from Best Storyteller, Tom Shillue | Photo: Rose Callahan

More Party Photos from the 7th Annual ECNY Awards


The Apiary Presents... An Evening with the Emerging Comics of The ECNY Awards

The Apiary is pleased to announce its new live comedy show "The Apiary Presents..." happening THURSDAY, MARCH 10TH @ 8:00PM in the basement of The Peoples Improv Theater. As chroniclers of the comedy world, our plan is to curate each edition of the show around some sort of theme or thing we find interesting. With the ECNYs just a few weeks away, for our first show we thought it'd be fun to round up the breakout comedians nominated for this year's prestigious Emerging Comic Award.


Other surprises are in the works--we're still figuring out what those will be. The show is CONVENIENTLY LOCATED and FREE! Don't miss it!


Nominations Now Open for The 7th Annual ECNY Awards

Nominations opened up late last week for the 7th Annual ECNY Awards! These are technically the 2010 ECNY awards but since the show doesn't take place until March 14th, the awards have been rebranded as an annual thing.

The ECNY Awards, New York’s original comedy awards, are now open for nominations at Nominations will be accepted until Midnight on Friday, December 17th, 2010. Nominees will be announced in February, 2011 and winners will be announced at the 7th Annual ECNY Awards ceremony, held March 14, 2011, at 8:30PM; at 92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson Street. The ceremony will be hosted for the fourth year in a row by Jon Friedman (Late Night With Jimmy Fallon).

"We’re proud to once again celebrate excellence in the comedic performing arts in New York City," said ECNY producer Carol Hartsell. "...And we finally figured out what the acronym stands for, so stop bothering us.”

The acronym now stands for "Excellence in Comedy, New York City." So stop bothering us.

Some categories have been revised slightly--for example, "Best Video" is now "Best Video (Short or Series)." Also, three THRILLING AND NEW categories have been added: "Best Storyteller," "Best Comedy Event," and this year's wildcard, "Best New Category."