New York Comedy Festival

 The New York Comedy Festival is an annual comedy festival started in 2004. The festival is produced in association with Comedy Central, the Huffington Post, and Caroline's comedy club located at Time's Square in New York City. The New York Comedy Festival is generally held in November, and features some of the biggest names in comedy. The 2009 NY Comedy Festival runs from November 4–8 and features headliners including Bill Maher, Ricky Gervais, Andy Samberg, Mike Birbiglia, Tracy Morgan, Artie Lange, Mike Epps, and Dane Cook.

Since its inception, the festival has given the annual Andy Kaufman Award "to the individual who most closely reflects the originality, humor and courage of the late comedian." The winners of the award have been:

2004 Suzanne Whang

2005 Kristen Schaal

2006 Reggie Watts

2007 Brent Weinbach

2008 No award

2009 Blaine Kneece

The New York Comedy Festival has also paired up with The People's Choice Awards for "The Opening Act" Competition, which selects one amateur stand up comedian to open for one of the festivals well known headlining acts.

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