9th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

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Brands & Organizations

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media channels, campaigns, websites and applications.

YouTube Comedian

Comedy isn’t just for smoky clubs or HBO specials anymore. In fact, many of the best comedians are on YouTube, posting videos that range from screwball songs and satirical sketches to sarcastic product reviews and impeccable impersonations. With the freedom to try out material, interact with fans, and collaborate with other creators, YouTube is the perfect platform for comedy, and these comedians were our favorites this year.

If you’re a brand looking for recognition for your use of YouTube, enter the Best on YouTube Shorty Award.
Akilah Hughes
Mixing social commentary with wry, sarcastic humor, Brooklyn-based Akilah Hughes has taken the experience of training with UCB and writing for MTV and translated it into her popular YouTube channel. Sh...
Andrew Lowe
In six years on YouTube, 19-year-old Andrew Lowe has racked up 600K+ subscribers and over 39M views on his self-titled channel, with no signs of stopping. Moving out of the house (of his regularly feat...
Ben J. Pierce
In 2014, Ben J. Pierce went viral with the music video for his anti-gender-stereotype song “Little Game” under the YouTube name BENNY. That song’s message and detailed creative direction brought the sp...
Bree Essrig
Sarcasm is comedian Bree Essrig’s stock-in-trade, whether she’s making fun of airheaded teens or Trump voters, and her 300K+ YouTube subscribers couldn’t be happier about it. With guest stars like Eliz...
Chris Klemens
NYC-based Chris Klemens likes to take to the streets of his city (and others) to interview strangers, plying them with simple questions like, “What do you think of Donald Trump?” and “Do you know who Z...
Drew Monson
Drew Monson has been a presence on YouTube since he was 11 years old. Now, 10 years later, his YouTube channel is pushing 1M subscribers and 90M views. The comedian and occasional actor living in LA po...
Jessi Smiles
“Hey guys!” is the very personable intro Jessi Smiles begins all her videos with, before launching into often embarrassing, sometimes ridiculous, and always hilarious stories about her life bouncing be...
Nathan Zed
With a fast-paced style that sends up everything from politics to pop culture to personal experience, Nathan Zed takes to his YouTube channel to post thoughtful, funny videos that often seem like he’s ...
Nikki Limo
In November 2016, Nikki Limo turned 30 and started noticing all the hysterically banal “**WARNING SIGNS OF ADULTHOOD**”—a disease that “affects 1 out of every 1 people.” The LA-based comedian still lik...
Sarah Baska
Super relatable, current, and hilarious, 19-year-old Sarah Baksa is a popular YouTube presence, with 50M views on her channel. The open and outspoken Sarah posts videos of her rants, her “ratchet high ...
Thomas Sanders
One of the foremost stars of all time on Vine, Thomas Sanders took his hysterical 6-second videos and expanded the content for his new life on YouTube, with an already-impressive 1.5M subscribers. Besi...
Timothy DeLaGhetto
Rapper, comedian, and YouTube star Tim Chantarangsu, better known by his alias Timothy DeLaGhetto, made a big splash when he played Kim Jong-Il in Epic Rap Battles of History way back in 2011. Since th...

About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, Vine and the rest of the social web.

The 9th Annual Shorty Awards will be held in April 2017 in NYC and streamed to the public.