Harrison Greenbaum

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Harrison Greenbaum
Born September 14, 1986 (1986-09-14) (age 30)
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] He also won the Gordon W. Allport Prize for his psychology thesis, "'Did you hear the one about the…?': The effect of racial humor on prejudice."[4]

While at Harvard, Greenbaum co-founded the Harvard College Stand-Up Comic Society.[5][6][7]

Early career[edit]

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 and is a regular at the Comedy Cellar.[8] 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."[9]


In 2013, Greenbaum was the warm-up comedian for Katie, Katie Couric's talk show on ABC for its first season[10][11] and a producer on Primetime: Would You Fall for That? on ABC.[12]

Harrison was also featured in the first season of Gotham Comedy Live on AXS.TV[13] and in the special Gotham Comedy Live episode, "Best of Season 4: New York, the City that Never Bleeps" [14]

In 2014, Greenbaum was a special guest on Brain Games on National Geographic Channel.[15]

In 2015, Greenbaum was a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing on NBC.[16][17]


Greenbaum was an official co-host of the 2010 Times Square New Year's Eve World Wide Webcast[18][19][20][21][22] and was the host of the New York Innovative Theatre Awards, held at Cooper Union's Great Hall in 2011[23][24][25] and at Kaye Playhouse in 2012.[26] [27]

Additionally, Greenbaum is a writer for MAD Magazine.[2][28]

Awards & Recognition[edit]

Greenbaum is the winner of the 2010 Andy Kaufman Award,[29][30][31] 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).[32] Greenbaum was also named one of 2010's "Comics to Watch" by Comedy Central [33][34] and one of the "Best of the Breakout Artists" by Carolines on Broadway and Punchline Magazine.[35] 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. ^ http://undergrad.psychology.fas.harvard.edu/book/prizes
  5. ^ Zaino III, Nick (2007-10-05). "Festival is Happy Helping Rising Stars". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  6. ^ Howell, Daniel (2007-10-12). "No Hecklers Here: Stand-Up Society Takes the Stage". Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  7. ^ Kearney, Joshua (2006-12-07). "First Stand Up Show Very Risqué". Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  8. ^ "Harrison's Tour Schedule". Harrison Greenbaum. Archived from the original on 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  9. ^ "It's New York City, Just for Laughs" (PDF). New York Daily News. 2010-10-28. p. 42. 
  10. ^ Heyman, Marshall (2012-12-31). "At Carolines, Laughing the Year Away". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ Primetime: Would You Fall for That? at the Internet Movie Database
  13. ^ "Ep. 1.5: Rich Vos and Bonnie McFarlane" at the Internet Movie Database
  14. ^ "Best of Season 4: New York, the City That Never Beeps" at the Internet Movie Database
  15. ^ "Ep. 4.6: Superstitions" at the Internet Movie Database
  16. ^ "Ep. 9.4: Invitationals: Last Chance to Advance" at the Internet Movie Database
  17. ^ "Ep. 9.5: Semifinals - Part 1" at the Internet Movie Database
  18. ^ Cardoza, Gonzolo. "Comedians Predict What 2010 Has In Store for Us". Comedy Central Insider. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  19. ^ "New Years Celebrations Available On-Demand". Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  20. ^ Times Square Alliance. "Times Square New Year's Eve 2010 Press Release". Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  21. ^ Taub, Eric (2009-12-16). "Times Square Goes a Tweeting". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  22. ^ McCarthy, Sean. "Harrison Greenbaum to co-host Times Square's first-ever New Year's Eve Webcast". Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  23. ^ "2011 Award Recipients". New York Innovative Theatre Awards. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  24. ^ 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. 
  25. ^ 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. 
  26. ^ BWW Newsdesk (2012-09-12). "Comedian Harrison Greenbaum to Host 2012 Innovative Theater Awards, 9/24". OffOffBroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  27. ^ Taylor, Jordyn (2012-09-25). "2012 IT Awards Take Over Kaye Playhouse". Backstage. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  28. ^ Slaubaugh, Mike. "MAD Magazine Contributor Appearances". Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  29. ^ "Andy Kaufman Award Official Website". Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  30. ^ "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. 
  31. ^ Stage Time Magazine (2010-11-07). "Comedian Harrison Greenbaum Named Winner of 2010 Andy Kaufman Award". Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  32. ^ "#EmergingComedian finalists on how Twitter has changed their careers". Official Shorty Awards Website. 2011-11-15. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  33. ^ "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. 
  34. ^ 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. 
  35. ^ "Carolines Breakout Artist: Harrison Greenbaum". Retrieved 2010-09-06. 

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