12th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

The final deadline to vote for your favorite nominee or to enter your brand or organization was on Thursday, February 20th, 2020.


Honoring the most notable and viral influencers and creators from 2020. See below for official categories.

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.

From the 11th Annual Shorty Awards Best in Comedy

When the world is more divided than ever, comedians stand to make a huge impact. By using their platforms to test out bits or characters or even showcasing other comedians in the industry - these nominees are making a difference via social media.

If you’re a brand looking for recognition for your use of social media in this space, enter the Best in Entertainment Shorty Award.


Ali Wong
Comedian Ali Wong is the master of maternal comedy. Acclaimed as a stand-up, Ali continues to take hilarious jabs at motherhood and racial stereotypes through her Netflix special Hard Knock Wife, released on Mother’s Day and filmed while pregnant. Her performance garnered widespread acclaim and spawned a social media frenzy of fans proudly sharing…
Cameron Esposito
Cameron creates some of the most important content in the LGBTQ+ community today. Most notably, she hosts Queery, her podcast on Earwolf. The comic, writer, and actor continues to move forward with her devoted fans. Keeping her hundreds of thousands of followers apprised on her life and tour appearances, Cameron uses social media to promote fellow…
Hannah Gadsby
According to the New York Times, “Hannah Gadsby is angry, and she is amazing.” The Australian comedian and writer took 2018 by storm, asserting herself as a dominant force in the entertainment world. Already a successful actor and stand up down under, Hannah redefined the very art and genre of stand up comedy with her hit Netflix special Nanette, …
Jaboukie Young-White
For the last few years, Jaboukie Young-White had one of the most entertaining Twitter accounts in the game, posting memes, raising awareness for social causes and showing off his millennial mindset with questions like, “fellas, 800 credit score or airpods”. But recently, the Chicago-native found an audience offline, cultivating his stand up comedy…
Melissa Villaseñor
The critically-acclaimed impressionist Melissa Villaseñor made history when she became the first-ever Latina comedian to join the cast of SNL. With television credits including HBO's Crashing and Barry, Fullscreen's Alone Together and cartoon voice-overs for American Dad and Family Guy, Melissa is not shy to showcase her vast library of impersonat…


Catherine Cohen
Brooklyn-based “beautiful comedian” Catherine Cohen combines stand up comedy with an elegant cabaret performance. She hosts a monthly variety show It's A Guy Thing and podcast Seek Treatment, the comedian and voiceover artist has rapidly attracted acclaim, being listed in the NYT as on of “10 Things Our Critics Are Looking Forward to in 2019.” Between appea…
Chloe Fineman
Deemed by Vulture in 2018 as “absolutely one of the most talented new performers right now,” UCB and Groundlings alumni Chloe Fineman is rising fast. With television credits including The Gong Show and CW’s Jane the Virgin, Chloe originally broke out through for her uncanny celebrity impressions on Instagram. From Meryl Streep to Roseanne, to doing yoga on …
John Early
Declared by The Guardian as “millennial comedy’s new king”, New York based comic, filmmaker, and actor John Early has been everywhere the past few years. Part of several hit TV shows, including Difficult People, 30 Rock, Broad City, Wet Hot American Summer and so many more, John currently stars in the dark comedy/mystery Search Party. If you didn’t catch hi…
Matteo Lane
Matteo Lane is social media’s new Renaissance man. He is an oil painter, illustrator, opera singer, and comedian. Using social media to show off his multifaceted talents and slices of life, his 100K+ Instagram followers are blessed with a feed of model shots and art, while his Twitter largely promotes his stand up and podcast, Inside the Closet. Matteo also…
Samantha Ruddy
According to Samantha Ruddy herself, she’s “Joe Rogan but for women who talk to their cats.” The comedian, recently named one of Brooklyn’s 50 Funniest People, brings a refreshing light-hearted tone to the ever-increasingly crass and politically-fueled world of stand up comedy. With “stand up that even a grandmother would love,” according to Forbes, Samanth…
W. Kamau Bell
Proclaimed by NYT as “the most promising new talent in political comedy,” W. Kamau Bell is refreshing the political voice. The two-time Emmy-winning comic, podcaster, writer, United Shades of America host, and ACLU Celebrity Ambassador for Racial Justice is leading the charge to embrace a “classically, importantly black” term toward collective, recognized r…

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

the 12th annual shorty awards will take place on may 3rd.