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Alumnus wins Young Hollywood Comedian of the Year

June 02, 2011

Dan Levy ’03 was recently named 2011 Comedian of the Year at the Young Hollywood Awards. The awards celebrate the accomplishments of emerging young talent throughout the entertainment industry and are regarded as the “Oscars of Young Hollywood.”

Levy told Sandiego.com that he figured out he wanted to be a comedian while at Emerson. “I’d always been interested in some sort of show business since I was younger,” Levy said, “but I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do. I think my first year I was a film major. Once I got into Emerson, I did an open mic and then I just started and did not stop going to open mics for two years.”

While a student at Emerson, Levy won “Funniest College Comedian in America” at the 2001 Aspen Comedy Festival, which helped jump-start his career and landed him production deals with E! Entertainment Television and MTV. These days, when he’s not headlining clubs across the country or opening for Aziz Ansari, Levy regularly appears on Chelsea Lately. His debut album for Comedy Central Records, Congrats on Your Success!, will be released in August.

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