11th Annual Shorty Awards Categories


See below for official categories. The early entry deadline is November 29th, 2018.

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.

From the 10th Annual Shorty Awards Best in Comedy

Life can be tricky and hard to digest. Thankfully, there are a ton of brilliant comedians in the world who make some of the most accurate observations, critiques and comments while adding a tone that makes the topics more funny and less scary. As social media becomes increasingly prominent in society, these hilarious minds now have even more channels to get their humor out into the world.

Finalists

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Billy Eichner
You may have seen Billy Eichner on the streets of NYC asking absurd questions to celebrities and civilians. Maybe you caught Billy on his hit Hulu show Difficult People. Or perhaps you’re just one of the 1.7M people who know him as the energetic tweeter always sharing his two cents on politics, pop culture, and life in general. This year, the an...
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Eric Andre
He’s @ericfuckingandre according to his Instagram account, where he’s cultivated nearly a million followers with pictures like his outrageous Cardi B Halloween costume this year. With Eric Andre, you never know what to expect—he might be seriously commenting on politics or posting hilarious throwback pictures from his childhood. Whatever he’s do...
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Hasan Minhaj
Few political comedians have had a better 2017 than Hasan Minhaj. He turned his one-man show, Homecoming King, into a Netflix special and hosted the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, all while maintaining his role on The Daily Show. Actively posting to raise awareness for causes like immigration and refugees fleeing violence (and promoting fel...
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Lena Waithe
“I don’t know if we've seen a sly, harem pants-wearing, cool Topshop sweatshirt-wearing, snapback hat-rocking lesbian on TV,” said Master of None costar Lena Waithe, but that’s certainly not the case anymore. Playing Denise while also writing on the Netflix series, this legend-in-the-making won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series...
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Margaret Cho
Named one of the 50 greatest comedians of all time by Rolling Stone, Margaret Cho continued to dominate stand-up comedy by embarking on her international “Fresh Off The Bloat Tour.” In 2017, the tattooed comic focused on the state of the world, where she took everyone from Donald Trump to Harvey Weinstein to task. But on the body-positive side, ...

Nominees

Carl Reiner
Carl Reiner has found an incredible amount of success in just about every type of media that exists. Over the course of his legendary career, he’s won nine Emmys, a Grammy, written over fifteen books, and has been involved in films since the 1950s. As entertainment moved to smaller and smaller screens—and onto our phones—Carl moved as well. Nowadays, Twit...
Demetri Martin
“Thinking in absolutes is always a mistake sometimes,” said Demetri Martin on Twitter. While this might be true, the comic always seems to have a witty one liner or obscure observation. His nearly 400K followers on Twitter are consistently amused and amazed by his off-the-cuff wit. His lighthearted, whimsical tweets often contrast with the satirical, phil...
Julio Torres
Julio Torres is definitely one of the fastest rising stars in comedy, as 2017 was definitely a breakout year for the young comedian and self-proclaimed “Space Prince.” Since moving to NYC for college, Julio Torres has found immense success on the comedy scene. He recently joined The Tonight Show as an occasional correspondent and also began writing for SN...
Liza Treyger
@GlitterCheese likes “knowing what people eat,” but already knows what makes people laugh. It’s her largely self-deprecating stories about partying, dating culture, and life in general. That’s why Rolling Stone named her one of “10 Comedians You Need To Know” in 2017. The bawdy comic hit a ton of stages in NYC this past year, preparing for a tour across N...
Michelle Wolf
Despite the title of her newest HBO special, Nice Lady, Michelle Wolf’s fans love that the comedian can often be just the opposite. Whether it’s about Blake Shelton being named 2017’s “Sexiest Man Alive” by People, or constant political attacks against women, Michelle Wolf always tweets her hilariously hot takes to 90K+ followers. As a former NCAA track a...
Vir Das
While many Americans haven’t yet heard of Vir Das, the Indian comedian is a household name in his native country, where his fame compares to Jerry Seinfeld’s here. But after reaching the top in India, he moved to America—essentially restarting his stand-up career by working open mics and performing to half-filled rooms. This year, Vir became the first Ind...

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, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok, and the rest of the social web.

The Early Entry Deadline is November 29, 2018