Follow these step-by-step instructions to enter your original work in the 2015 Andy Kaufman Award competition:

Step One

Read the following criteria for selection of the award winner. Submissions that do not adhere to the criteria will not be eligible for consideration:


Andy Kaufman was one-of-a-kind, and so was his performing. While being inspired by another artist is probably unavoidable, true originality is self-inspired. Don’t borrow or be a copycat.

Creativity / Inventiveness

Creativity could be defined as “how” you express your originality. How creative is your material? How inventive are you?


This is a quality that’s hard to define, but easy to recognize when it’s present. Is your performance infused with the spirit of Andy – described as courageous, unexpected, rebellious, subversive? Are you beyond the typical mainstream stand-up routine? Are you willing to go where no one has gone before?


How committed are you? Do you have the confidence to go out on a limb? Are you willing to be misunderstood? Are you okay with not being liked?


The use of vulgarity or scatological language will not enhance your chance of winning. Neither is inherently original nor creative.

Please remember that we are not looking for another Andy Kaufman. Rather, we are seeking your own originality, creativity/inventiveness, spirit, and commitment to your art.

Step two

Read these Official Contest Rules:



The Andy Kaufman Award Talent Competition is open to individuals who are 18 years of age or older, and who are legal residents of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Employees of The Andy Kaufman Award, their parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising or promotional agencies, prize donors or other companies participating in sponsoring the competition, and their immediate families and/or those living in the same household are not eligible to enter.


Entries are now being accepted. To enter, a contestant must submit a video recording of the entrant performing his or her original comedy material. Performance must not exceed six (6) minutes in total length. Complete and submit the online Entry Form that follows. Follow the instructions for submitting your video electronically.


Entries will be qualified and evaluated by a panel of industry professionals, based on the aforementioned criteria (Originality, Creativity/Inventiveness, Spirit and Commitment).


A group of contestants will be selected to compete in the final round before a live audience and panel of judges on Sunday October 11, 2015 in New York City. Finalists selected must be available to perform at the designated time and place. Each finalist contestant is responsible for any expense incurred as a result of entering the competition, including but not limited to, all travel expenses relating to the live performance in New York City. Each finalist can submit original proof of travel expenses and be reimbursed based on the following each-way distances traveled: More than 1,200 miles – up to $500; 600 to 1,199 miles – up to $400; 300 to 599 miles – up to $250; all other finalists – up to $100. The panel reserves the right to select one or more finalists, whether or not they have submitted a video for this year.


Only one winner will be selected based on the aforementioned criteria. The winner will receive a prize of $1,000, and a personalized trophy. Prize recipient is responsible for all applicable taxes on prize value. An IRS Form 1099 will be issued to the recipient. Right to receive prize is not transferable or assignable. No substitution of prize will be allowed.

The winner will receive publicity in a form to be agreed upon, for which no monetary value is assigned and for which no remuneration will be made. The winner might be requested to appear on radio and/or television programs for the purpose of being interviewed, in the event that sufficient interest has been expressed by the media to warrant such a request.


a) The Andy Kaufman Award TM and Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCBT) are not responsible for any loss or damage that might occur.

b) Entries containing obscene, pornographic, violent, or criminal material, messages, data or programs will be eliminated from consideration.

c) By entering the competition, entrants agree to be bound by these official rules and the decisions of the judges, which are final.

d) Entry constitutes permission for The Andy Kaufman AwardTM , its parent companies, subsidiaries and affiliates, and each of their agents, licensees, and promotional partners, and such other persons or entities as The Andy Kaufman AwardTM may designate from time to time to use (i) the name, likeness, photograph, voice, performance and biographical data of the entrant, (ii)the entry materials, including without limitation the video performance submitted electronically (iii) if entrant is selected as a finalist, photographs and audio, video and/or audio-visual recordings of the entrant’s performance during the final round of judging, in perpetuity, for purposes and services and for any other lawful purpose, without further compensation, approval or notices, unless prohibited by law. This permission includes without limitation all rights necessary for The Andy Kaufman AwardTM and others it may authorize to reproduce, adapt, publicly perform and distribute the aforementioned recordings in connection with the creation and dissemination of advertising and promotional materials concerning the competition and/or The Andy Kaufman AwardTM and its products or services

e) Entries must contain only original material that is created by the entrant. Entrants must obtain, in writing, all rights, approvals, and/or consents necessary to submit their entries, and to permit The Andy Kaufman AwardTM and UCBT to use the entry materials as set forth herein. By entering, entrants agree to indemnify The Andy Kaufman AwardTM, UCBT, their respective partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, licensees, agents, attorneys and assigns, officers, directors, members and employees of the foregoing (collectively “Licensees”), from and against any claim, liability or damages of any kind or nature, including any copyright infringement claim, based, in whole or in part, on The Andy Kaufman Award’s and UCBT’s use of the entry materials as set forth herein.

f) Entrants agree that they will not assert any claim of any kind or nature, including any copyright infringement claim, against The Andy Kaufman AwardTM, UCBT, or the Licensees, based in whole or in part, on participation in the competition, and/or The Andy Kaufman Award’sTM or UCBT’s access to and/or use of any entry materials. Entrants release, discharge, absolve and hold harmless The Andy Kaufman AwardTM, UCBT, and the Licensees from any and all actions, suits, claims and demands of any kind whatsoever which they may have, by reason or any matter connected in any way with this competitions, or that otherwise arise in any way in connection with this competition including, but not limited to, the operation of this competition, the use by The Andy Kaufman AwardTM, UCBT, or the Licensees of any entry or component thereof or recorded performance at the final round of judging, any warranty or representations, express or implied, relative to any prize, the awarding of prizes, any loss of damage to any prize, and any action, claim or suit for personal injury and/or death or loss or damage to property in connection with the receipt and the use or misuse of the prize or performance at the final round of judging.

g) Finalists will be required to perform live on the date and at the time specified by The Andy Kaufman AwardTM in New York City. No taped or video performances will be accepted in lieu of live performance.

h) This talent competition is subject to all United States of America federal, state and local laws and is void where prohibited by law.

i) Entrants selected to be Finalists will be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Publicity/Privacy Release within seven (7) days of notification, unless prohibited by law. If any finalist does not respond and return an Affidavit and Release within seven (7) days of notification, the Finalist may be disqualified and the next highest ranking Entrant may be selected.

8. For a list of finalists and the winner, send a self-addressed stamped envelope by January 1, 2016 to: The Andy Kaufman AwardTM, 4 Beaverbrook Road, Suite 135, Lincoln Park, NJ 07035.

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