The festival started as a joke when standup comedian Eugene Mirman told fellow comics that it would be funny to name a comedy festival after himself because "it would be a ridiculous thing to do."
The legendary comic spoke to the press after receiving the Stand-Up Icon Award at the second annual Comedy Awards in New York.
Stand-up comedian and master storyteller Tom Shillue won an ECNY Award for "Best One Person Show" for "Supernormal," "an evening of stories so normal, they're radical."
Jeff Asbell calls himself a novice performer, but in reality he had been practicing improv for decades before being cast as a member in aNew York City improv troupe.
Backstage member Courtney Davis is a nonunion actor and standup comic who got her start in Austin, then moved to L.A. and later New York City with hopes of being on “SNL.”
Comedy superstars Chelsea Handler, Chris Rock, Amy Poehler, Jeffrey Ross, and Will Ferrell are paying it forward by supporting projects from the next generation of up-and-coming comedians.
In honor of Jay Pharaoh being elected "SNL's" new President Obama impersonator, we look at the top 10 political portrayals by actors over the years.