This year, the ECNY Awards returned in grand form after nearly two years off. The awards show highlights the best of the NYC comedy scene. As you can well imagine, there’s some tough competition in a ceremony that showcases improv, sketch, stand up, film, musicals and even websites. Winners are chosen by votes submitted online by fans and associates.
One of my all time favorite groups, I Eat Pandas, took home the award in the category of Best Improv Group. While this is an incredible accomplishment by any means, if you’ve ever witnessed these two ladies improvise a musical on the spot, it’s definitely not a stretch of the imagination that they should win.
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Rarely have I seen two performers more consistently bankable than Eliza Skinner and Glennis McMurray. We were fortunate enough to have I Eat Pandas down to Philly not too long ago, and their shows were an absolute joy to watch. And they were just as much fun post-show hanging out and chatting about anything and everything. Congratulation ladies!
(Photo credit: Keith Huang)
A Complete List of Winners
Best Director: Kurt Braunohler
Best Improv Group: I Eat Pandas
Best One Person Show: Nick Kroll (Fabrice Fabrice)
Best Short Comedic Film: Elephant Larry’s Minesweeper
Best Technician: Pat Baer
Best Variety Show: The Greg Johnson & Larry Murphy Show
Outstanding Achievement In Flyer Design: Matthew C. Johnson & Keith Huang (The Apple Sisters)
Best Website: News or Commentary: The Apiary
Best Website: Original Comedic Content: The Onion News Network
Lifetime Achievement Award: Eddie Brill
Emerging Comic Award: Joe Mande
Best Sketch Group: Harvard Sailing Team
Best Musical Comedy Act: The Apple Sisters
Best Female Stand Up: Kristen Schaal
Best Male Stand Up: John Mulaney