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2012 INNY Nominees Announced

 Nominees are selected from across the nation and the winners will be chosen by YOUR votes!  So, what are you waiting for? Start your clicking...

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And the Nominees Are...

Best in College Improv

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CHiPs, Chapel Hill, NC

University of Illinois Chicago, Red Light School District, Chicago, IL

DePaul University, Cosby Sweaters, Chicago, IL

The Ohio State University, 8th Floor Improv, Columbus, OH

Bucks County Community College, Deleted Scenes, Doylestown, PA

UC Irvine, Improv Revolution, Irvine, CA

USC, Second Nature, Los Angeles, CA

NYU, Dangerbox, New York, NY

NYU, Captain Soldier, New York, NY

Washington U in St. Louis, K.A.R.L. Improv, St. Louis, MO

Eckerd College, Another Man's Trash, St. Petersburg, FL

University of Connecticut, Horse Lincoln, Storrs, CT

 Best in Short Form

Mission IMPROVable, Chicago, IL

PH Productions, Chicago, IL

Sea Tea Improv, Hartford, CT

Einstein Simplified, Knoxville, TN

Held2gether, Long Beach, CA

ComedySportz, Los Angeles, CA

The National Comedy Theatre - San Diego, San Diego, CA

Improv Nation, Long Island City, NY

Off the Top of Our Heads, New York, NY

The National Comedy Theatre - NY, New York, NY

 Best in Long Form

The Improvised Shakespeare Company, Chicago, IL

English Speaking Moose, Hollywood, CA

ImprovBoston Mainstage, ImprovBoston, Cambridge, MA

Bro Squad 5, Los Angeles, CA

Gary Austin's Dog Bread, Los Angeles, CA

Doppelganger, New York, NY

Grandma's Ashes, New York, NY

Outlook of the Poet, New York, NY

Sandino, New York, NY

Whiskey Rebellion, New York, NY

Stage Fright: An Improvised Homage to Hitchcock, Philadelphia, PA

 Best in Musical Improv

 Baby Wants Candy, Chicago, IL

Mansical, Chicago, IL

SongCo, Chicago, IL

Blank Label, Los Angeles, CA

Baby Wants Candy, New York, NY

Broadway's Next Hit Musical, New York, NY

Choral Rage, New York, NY

Diamond Lion, New York, NY

Made-Up Musical, New York, NY

North Coast, New York, NY

Best in Sketch Comedy

Southside of Heaven, Chicago, IL

The Second City, Chicago, IL

 Asylum Attic, Hartford, CT

 Top Story! Weekly, Los Angeles, CA

 City Hall, New York, NY

Dumbkowsky, New York, NY

 Elephant Larry, New York, NY

Murderfist, New York, NY

Political Subversities, New York, NY

Turboner Bigote, New York, NY

Best Comedy Duo

 TJ and Dave, Chicago, IL

Tomato Tomatoe, Chicago, IL

FrankenMatt, Los Angeles, CA

Heather & Miles, Los Angeles, CA

BriTANicK, New York, NY

Chris and Paul Show, New York, NY

Dave and Ethan, New York, NY

Firecracker, New York, NY

Inside Joke Films, New York, NY

RuBin, New York, NY

Two Man Movie, New York, NY

Best in Stand-Up

Ever Mainard, Chicago, IL

Sherman Edwards, Chicago, IL

Matt Manser, Los Angeles, CA

Mike Bridenstine, Los Angeles, CA

Chris Griggs, New York, NY

Harrison Greenbaum, New York, NY

Jason Saenz, New York, NY

Matt Koff, New York, NY

Nick Turner, New York, NY

Nick Vatterott, New York, NY

 Best Comedy Video

3-Way (The Golden Rule), SNL Digital Short

Auto-Correct Love Song, College Humor

Batman Meets the Riddler, College Humor

Diagnosis: Total Eclipse of the Heart, Drug Puppy

How to Pick up a Chick, Shafted Writers Productions

Maine, MoFo (Explicit Grandparent Edition), Squirm and Germ

Novelas, Firecracker, George Gross and Mike Bell

Sex Talk with Dave and Ethan - Part II, Dave and Ethan

The Tutor, Life Art


 Best Comedy Song

Asian Babies are Cute, Mike O'Connell

Christmas Hot Pants, Bing Faithful

Epic Rap Battles of History #2 - Vader vs. Hitler, Nice Peter & Epic Lloyd

Hipsters are Roaming the Campus, Douglas Widick

Hurt Feelings, Flight of the Concords

I Love My Job, Soce and Boris

Maine Mo Fo, Squirm and Germ

Sad Christmas Songs, Top Story! Weekly

Best Training Program

Groundlings, Los Angeles, CA

Held2Gether, Long Beach, CA

ImprovBoston Comedy School, Cambridge, MA

Improv-LA, Los Angeles, CA

iO West, Hollywood, CA

Magnet Theater, New York, NY

The Improv Shop, St. Louis, MO

The PIT, New York, NY

The Second City Training Center, Chicago, IL

Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center, LA,  Los Angeles, CA

Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center, NY,  New York, NY

Best Comedy Class/Workshop

Wednesday Night Improv Workout, Scotty Watson, New York, NY

Art of Slow Comedy, Jimmy Carrane, Chicago, IL

Let It Go (You'll Be So Glad You Did), David Razowsky, Los Angeles, CA

Dog Bread, Gary Austin, Los Angeles, CA

Improv/Sketch, Heather Campbell, Los Angeles, CA

Harold Magic 100 Practice Sessions, Charlie Whitcroft, New York, NY

Spolin Improvisation Workshops, Hal Peller, New York, NY

The Magnet: Special Effects, Peter McNerney, New York, NY

The PIT: Flying Solo, Peter Michael Marino, New York, NY

The PIT: Writing for SNL Fantasy Camp, New York, NY

 Best Venue

DSI Comedy Theater, Carrboro, NC

Dallas Comedy House, Dallas, TX

City Steam Brewery, Hartford, CT

iO West, Hollywood, CA

Side Splitters Comedy Club, Knoxville, TN

The eGarage, Long Island City, NY

Second City Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

Magnet Theater, New York, NY

Peoples Improv Theatre, New York, NY

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, New York, NY

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre - East, New York, NY

 Best Improv Coach

Greg Ludovici, Home Brew, Hartford, CT

Darren Held, Held2gether, Long Beach, CA

Jaime Moyer, CocoVan, Los Angeles, CA

Desiree Nash, Mint Condition, New York, NY

Hal Peller, Eskimo Dance, New York, NY

Morgan Phillips, Dumpster Tequila, New York, NY

Nick Kanellis, Brick, New York, NY

Rob Schiffmann, Broadway's Next Hit Musical, New York, NY

Russ Armstrong, Chet Watkins, New York, NY

Bill Chott, The Improv Trick, St. Louis, MO

 Best Instructor

Michael J. Gellman, Chicago, IL

Norm Holly, Chicago, IL

Dan Russell, Hartford, CT

Craig Cackowski, Los Angeles, CA

David Razowsky, Los Angeles, CA

Keith Saltojanes, Los Angeles, CA

Anthony Atamanuik, New York, NY

Jay Rhoderick, New York, NY

 Ari Voukydis, New York, NY

Brandon Gardner, New York, NY


 Best Blog Articles

Articles From An Embedded Reporter, Aaron Littleton

Bloomberg's Office Releases Update of 1st Amendment, David McGee

He-Waxing, Brooke Porter

Improvising With Robin Williams, Michael Golding

Inside With: Jane Borden, Writer and Time Out Comedy Editor, The Apiary

The Greatest Groundlings Scene, Gary Austin

The Magic of Viola Spolin, Hal Peller

The Roots of American Improvisation, Meghan Duffy, Ph.D.

This is What Happens When We Keep Talking About Women in Comedy, Molly Knefel

Who George Carlin Changed Comedy, Richard Zoglin

Best Blog Series

Comedy Chicago, Randy Styles

Doc Prov Sez, Meghan Duffy, Ph.D.

Experiencing Spolin, Gary Schwartz

Held2gether: Improv for Life, Held2gether

Improv Classroom, Michael Golding

Improvology, Kate Sidley

Musical Notes, Evan Watkins

The Adventures of Lynnette, Lynnette Dolan

The Boiling Point, Ben Bowman

The Kaessinger Files, Susan Kaessinger

The Kushman Report, Scott Kushman

The Water Connoisseur, Boris Khaykin

Will You Just Listen To Yourself, Katty Biscone


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User Comments

+1 Improvisation News Feb, 13 2012
Congrats to all Nominees!
+1 Andra Whipple Feb, 13 2012
How long does voting last?
+1 Improvisation News Feb, 14 2012
Hi Andra... Generally around 4 weeks...
+1 Improv Revolution Feb, 14 2012
Sweet! When did they start?
0 Improvisation News Feb, 14 2012
Nominees were announced on Twitter and FB yesterday... Twitter (@ImprovUpdates ) is the best place to follow us for the latest INNY info...
0 jim smetana Mar, 15 2012
Carrane is the best!
0 H. Von Hägersteïn Mar, 19 2012
When will the winners be announced?
0 Improvisation News Mar, 19 2012
Winners will be announced in April...
0 Rachelly Mar, 31 2012
Excellent! ;-)
0 Improvisation News Apr, 09 2012
Winners will be announced towards the end of this month on Twitter (Follow @ImprovUpdates) and in the April issue of IN Magazine ( Good luck!
0 Charlie Boston Apr, 30 2012
And the winners are...?

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Laura Merrill

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Laura Merrill is a strong comedic actor and writer. She has recently contributed as a writer and performer to "The Beverly Bonner Show" at Broadway Comedy Club, and "In Transit" and "Something Outrageous" at the 45th Street Theater. She has experience in Shakespeare, Chekhov, and scenic design.