Harrison Greenbaum won the 2010 Andy Kaufman Award after a live competition last night at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City.
The award, created by the father of the late Andy Kaufman, "honors Andy Kaufman's creative spirit while simultaneously shining a spotlight on promising performers with the potential to impact the evolving culture of comedy." Past winners are Suzanne Whang, Kristen Schaal, Reggie Watts, Brent Weinbach and Blaine Kneece.
I profiled Harrison Greenbaum earlier this year. Last night, after winning, Greenbaum told me:
"I'm still in shock. Andy was (and continues to be) such a huge influence on me that to be recognized by his family and friends, as well as industry professionals, as embodying Andy's spirit is just mind-boggling. I just feel so ecstatic and honored right now."
This was his submission video, which also represented the set he performed in the competition: