Spotlight on: Harrison Greenbaum
Last year at the IT Awards Ceremony, we introduced our community to the fabulous and well-dressed comic Harrison Greenbaum, who hosted our 7th Annual gala event with aplomb.
As no surprise, we liked him so much, we asked him to come back. And only slightly more surprising, he said yes, and will be the host of our ceremony on September 24th!
So just who is this mysterious (and kind of adorable) Harrison Greenbaum you ask?
Well, here are some tidbits about the funny-man/magician and a few of his own words on hosting this year's IT Awards ceremony:
Harrison, who received the 2012 Shorty Award for "Best Emerging Stand-Up," graduated summa cum laude from Harvard. He was recently recognized by Comedy Central as one of this year's "Comics to Watch" and was the recipient of the 2010 Andy Kaufman Award for creativity and originality in comedy.
He was dubbed the "hardest-working man in comedy" by the New York Daily News (which might have to do with the fact that Harrison performs in an average of 600-700 shows a year); he has been featured on SPIKE TV, the Discovery Channel, and he headlines comedy venues around the world.
On the stage, his one-man show, Harrison Greenbaum: What Just Happened? was the first-ever magic show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, after which it moved to the Elektra Theater (part of Times Scare complex), where it enjoyed a critically-praised 2-month Off-Broadway run. (The show continues to run at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where I am told it sells out every night!)
In addition, Harrison was the creator of, and co-produced a weekly stand-up comedy show at the Sage Theater, "Sage Stand-Up", which went on to become one of the longest-running and most successful independent stand-up comedy shows in New York City.
Borg: What was your experience like working in Off-Off-Broadway?
Harrison: Putting together and producing a one-man comedy and magic show has been so incredibly rewarding, not the least because it allowed me to meet even more members of the indie theatre community, all who share my deep love for art and innovative theater.
Borg: Well, as you know, indie theatre artists have it hard in this city. Any words of advice?
Harrison: Pursuing a career in the arts is hard and requires immense sacrifice, so we owe it to ourselves to work as hard as we humanly can to be the best we possibly can. Steve Martin put it this way: “Be undeniably good.” That should be the goal of every indie artist: to be so good that your talent can't be denied by anyone. That, and figure out where all the $1 pizza places are located.
Borg: So, you have hosted the IT Awards twice now, what do you think about the ceremony and the awards?
Harrison: I love hosting the ceremony so, so much! The indie theatre community is so amazing. I love performing for a crowd made up of such amazing artists and to be able to play a part in recognizing their incredible passion and talent.
Borg: Anything in particular that you are looking forward to at this year's ceremony?
Harrison: I'm looking forward to breaking out the tux again. I have to justify that purchase somehow! Also, there are going to be a ton of fun surprises and, more importantly, a ton of really deserving people are going to be recognized for a ton of incredible work, so I can't wait!
For more information about Harrison and his performances, please visit his website: http://www.harrisongreenbaum.com.