Harrison Greenbaum

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Harrison Greenbaum
Born September 14, 1986 (1986-09-14) (age 29)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Occupation Comedian, Host
Website www.harrisongreenbaum.com

Harrison Greenbaum (born September 14, 1986) is an American stand-up comedian and comedy writer.

Life and career[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Greenbaum was born in Manhattan, New York and grew up in Woodmere, New York on Long Island. He graduated as valedictorian of his class at Lawrence High School.[1]

Greenbaum attended Harvard, where he graduated summa cum laude in 2008 and won the 2006 Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting for his collection of magic books.[2][3] While at Harvard, Greenbaum co-founded the Harvard College Stand-Up Comic Society.[4][5][6]


Greenbaum has performed at many of the leading comedy clubs throughout the world including Carolines on Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club, Comix NY, Comic Strip Live, and the Laugh Factory.[7] He continues to perform in more than 600 shows a year, making him one of the most in-demand stand-up comedians currently working in New York City, and leading the New York Daily News to refer to him as "the hardest-working man in comedy."[8]

On television, Greenbaum is the warm-up comedian for Katie, Katie Couric's talk show on ABC,[9][10] and a producer on Primetime: Would You Fall for That? on ABC.[11] In 2013, Harrison was featured in the first season of Gotham Comedy Live on AXS.TV.[12]

Greenbaum was an official co-host of the 2010 Times Square New Year's Eve World Wide Webcast[13][14][15][16][17] and was the host of the New York Innovative Theatre Awards, held at Cooper Union's Great Hall in 2011[18][19][20] and at Kaye Playhouse in 2012.[21] [22]

Additionally, Greenbaum is a writer for MAD Magazine.[2][23]

Awards & Recognition[edit]

Greenbaum is the winner of the 2010 Andy Kaufman Award,[24][25][26] an award given in recognition of creativity and originality in comedy. He is also the winner of the 2011 Magners Comic Stand-Off and a 2011 Shorty Award for excellence in short-form social media (i.e. Twitter).[27] Greenbaum was also named one of 2010's "Comics to Watch" by Comedy Central [28][29] and one of the "Best of the Breakout Artists" by Carolines on Broadway and Punchline Magazine.[30] As part of Carolines' Breakout Artists Series, Greenbaum headlined the club, becoming the first performer to sell out a "Breakout" show. In addition, Greenbaum became a member of the New York Friars' Club in 2009, making him one of the youngest people ever to be inducted into the legendary club.


  1. ^ Building a lifelong comedy laugh track
  2. ^ a b Ullian, Adam (2009-10-19). "Jokes up his sleeve" (PDF). amNew York. p. 20. 
  3. ^ http://hcl.harvard.edu/libraries/lamont/book_collecting_prize.cfm
  4. ^ Zaino III, Nick (2007-10-05). "Festival is Happy Helping Rising Stars". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  5. ^ Howell, Daniel (2007-10-12). "No Hecklers Here: Stand-Up Society Takes the Stage". Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  6. ^ Kearney, Joshua (2006-12-07). "First Stand Up Show Very Risqué". Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  7. ^ "Harrison's Tour Schedule". Harrison Greenbaum. Archived from the original on 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  8. ^ "It's New York City, Just for Laughs" (PDF). New York Daily News. 2010-10-28. p. 42. 
  9. ^ Heyman, Marshall (2012-12-31). "At Carolines, Laughing the Year Away". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  10. ^ "Whitney Kropp and Katie Uffens Backstage at "Katie": "Katie" comedian Harrison catches up with Whitney and Katie after the show". KatieCouric.com. 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  11. ^ Primetime: Would You Fall for That? at the Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ "Ep. 1.5: Rich Vos and Bonnie McFarlane" at the Internet Movie Database
  13. ^ Cardoza, Gonzolo. "Comedians Predict What 2010 Has In Store for Us". Comedy Central Insider. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  14. ^ "New Years Celebrations Available On-Demand". Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  15. ^ Times Square Alliance. "Times Square New Year's Eve 2010 Press Release". Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  16. ^ Taub, Eric (2009-12-16). "Times Square Goes a Tweeting". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  17. ^ McCarthy, Sean. "Harrison Greenbaum to co-host Times Square's first-ever New Year's Eve Webcast". Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  18. ^ "2011 Award Recipients". New York Innovative Theatre Awards. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  19. ^ Hetrick, Adam (2011-09-19). "Innovative Theatre Awards Held Sept. 19; Susan Stroman and John Patrick Shanley Are Presenters". Playbill.com. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  20. ^ Bacalzo, Dan (2011-09-14). "Harrison Greenbaum, David Henry Hwang, Susan Stroman, et al. Set for IT Awards Ceremony". TheaterMania.com. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  21. ^ BWW Newsdesk (2012-09-12). "Comedian Harrison Greenbaum to Host 2012 Innovative Theater Awards, 9/24". OffOffBroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  22. ^ Taylor, Jordyn (2012-09-25). "2012 IT Awards Take Over Kaye Playhouse". Backstage. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  23. ^ Slaubaugh, Mike. "MAD Magazine Contributor Appearances". Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  24. ^ "Andy Kaufman Award Official Website". Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  25. ^ "The Andy Kaufman Award Announces 2010 Winner: Harrison Greenbaum Receives Award for Outstanding Comedy Performance" (PDF) (Press release). The Andy Kaufman Award. 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  26. ^ Stage Time Magazine (2010-11-07). "Comedian Harrison Greenbaum Named Winner of 2010 Andy Kaufman Award". Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  27. ^ "#EmergingComedian finalists on how Twitter has changed their careers". Official Shorty Awards Website. 2011-11-15. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  28. ^ "Comedy Central and the New York Comedy Festival Team Up to Launch a Showcase of the Hottest Up-and-Coming Comedians" (Press release). Comedy Central. 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  29. ^ McCarthy, Sean (2010-11-01). "Are you one of Comedy Central's Comics to Watch for 2010? Meet the lucky few at Carolines for the NYCF". Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  30. ^ "Carolines Breakout Artist: Harrison Greenbaum". Retrieved 2010-09-06. 

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