About The Andy Kaufman Award

The Andy Kaufman Award™ was created to preserve the legacy of one of America's most unique and influential performers in a dynamic way. The prestigious award honors Andy Kaufman's creative spirit while simultaneously shining a spotlight on promising performers with the potential to impact the evolving culture of comedy.

The criteria for The Andy Kaufman Award includes the elements of originality, creativity, spirit and execution, as exemplified by Andy Kaufman, and defined in this website. Click here for more details on the Award Criteria.

The award is structured as a nation-wide talent competition. Contestants can enter the competition by following the instructions on this website for submitting material for consideration. Click here to learn How to Enter. A group of semi-finalists, selected from among all the contestants, will be invited to perform before a live audience and panel of industry judges, in New York. The six most promising contestants will perform before a live audience and panel of celebrity and industry judges at the Annual Andy Kaufman Award Show at Gotham Comedy Club.

A single winner will be selected during the show, who will receive the following:

  • • Cash prize of $1,000
  • • The Award - an artistic, personalized memento piece commemorating the 2012 event.
  • • Industry exposure - agents, managers, casting directors, booking agents, media and journalists
  • • A featured position in The Winners Hall of Fame on this website
  • • Post-event publicity – nationwide press releases and media interviews as available