For the third year in a row, Jon Friedman ("The Rejection Show," "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon") hosted the show. "It's weird to choose a winner in comedy," Friedman said before the ceremony, comparing the ECNY Awards with the previous night's Academy Awards. "Comedy is so subjective, and any comic can simply have an off night on any given night. Or, as a comic, you can connect with certain people and not at all with others, no matter what day or night it is. Whereas with a film—say, for best picture—that film is exactly the same every time it's shown."
Among the past ECNY winners presenting awards were Kurt Braunohler (BBC's "Penelope Princess of Pets"), Sara Benincasa (Sirius Satellite Radio), Leo Allen ("Saturday Night Live"), Pat Baer (UCB Theatre), Reggie Watts, Kumail Nanjiani ("Michael and Michael Have Issues"), and Michelle Collins (BestWeekEver.tv). Other presenters included Michael Musto (The Village Voice) and Andrew W.K., with a special video greeting from Michael Ian Black (The State).
Upon accepting his award for best one-person show early in the evening, Tom Shillue said of the raucous event, "The future of comedy is community. And that's what this is." Shillue then exceeded his 30-second acceptance-speech limit, was played off the stage with "Me So Horny" blaring from the speakers, and cursed everyone he had just thanked.
Hannibal Buress and Morgan Murphy won for best male and best female standup comedian, respectively. The emerging comic award was presented to Myq Kaplan, who has appeared on Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham" and NBC's "The Tonight Show." "Thanks to my grandmother and all her friends for voting for me," Kaplan said upon receiving his award.
Though the Oscar telecast skipped performances of the nominees for best original song this year, the ECNY best musical comedy act nominees performed throughout the evening. Videos were created for the show by Chelsea White.
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Here is a complete list of the nominees and winners (in bold):
BEST FEMALE STANDUP COMEDIAN
Brooke Van Poppelen
BEST MALE STANDUP COMEDIAN
BEST SKETCH COMEDY GROUP
BoF (Best of Friends)
BEST IMPROV GROUP
Big Black Car
Death by Roo Roo
I Eat Pandas
Improvised Shakespeare Company
Pete Holmes and Jessi Klein
Gabe Liedman, Jenny Slate, and Max Silvestri
Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel
BEST MUSICAL COMEDY ACT (SOLO OR GROUP)
Leibya Rogers (Mindy Raf)
Stuckey & Murray
BEST ONE-PERSON SHOW
"Big in Japan," Dave Hill
"Dead Millionaire," Jenny Slate
"Fag Life: A Conversation With Fred Phelps," Brent James Sullivan
"Supernormal," Tom Shillue
"Use It," Ann Carr
BEST SHORT COMEDIC FILM
"DAMN (You Wish)," Carolyn Castiglia, Tom McCaffrey, Mara Harron, and Anya Garrett
"Eagles Are Turning People Into Horses," BriTANick
"Everyone Poops Trailer," Landline TV
"Hey That's Awesome!: 2012," Rob Lathan with Bobby Moynihan
"What Do You Want on Your Tombstone?," Elephant Larry
BEST VARIETY SHOW
"Fifty First Jokes"
"Moonwork: An Evening of Original Works"
"Risk! True Tales Boldly Told"
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FLYER OR POSTCARD DESIGN
"Agorafabulous," Mike Wang and Lauren Goldberg
"Brown Ambition," Anya Garrett
"Fag Life: A Conversation With Fred Phelps," Mindy Tucker
"Heart of Darkness," Dimitri Drjuchin
"Swords Improv," Bradford Jordan and Eric Michael Pearson
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN THE FIELD OF TWEETING
"All Local Bands Suck (Except Ours)," Porter Mason
"And Here's the Kicker: Conversations With 21 Top Humor Writers on Their Craft," Mike Sacks
"Get Rich Cheating: The Crooked Path to Easy Street," Jeff Kreisler
"Rejected: Tales of the Failed, Dumped and Cancelled," Jon Friedman
"The Terrible, Horrible Temp-to-Perm Debacle: Book Two in the Just Make a Choice! Series," Bob Powers
"The Will to Whatevs: A Guide to Modern Life," Eugene Mirman
EMERGING COMIC AWARD
Dan St. Germain