138 videos. 21 countries. 15 finalists. 1 winner.


We reached out to people around the world and invited them to create great comedy videos for the U.S. for the chance to come to New York and meet Executives from The Daily Show. Why? Because we believe comedy is a great way for all of us to learn and laugh together. After all, what’s funny is funny!

On this site you’ll find the Winner and Finalist videos from the contest. Check them out and leave comments to let the creators know you like what they’re doing!


PRIZE

After getting past our fantastic judges panel and then getting the most votes, Nathaniel Cruz won a trip to New York City to get advice from these award-winning executives from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:

STEVE BODOW

Steve Bodow is Executive Producer and former Head Writer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Since joining The Daily Show in 2002 he has won nine primetime Emmys, a Peabody and many other awards for his work. Steve also co-wrote the original sketches that later became the basis for The Colbert Report, as well as The Daily Show’s best-selling books America: The Book and Earth: The Book.

ADAM LOWITT

Adam Lowitt is a stand-up comedian as well as a four-time Emmy award winning Executive Producer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He has performed on Comedy Central as part of John Oliver's New York Standup Show and in 2012 was selected to perform at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal as part of their New Faces Showcase.

RAMIN HEDAYATI

Ramin Hedayati is a Senior Segment Producer at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He also produced and directed the short, "Boxing Lessons with Eric Kelly," which was featured on Gawker, Deadspin, Funny or Die, CNN.com, The Huffington Post, Bloomberg, Buzzfeed, The Daily News, and Grantland.

Runner-Up Prize

Given all the great talent and videos in the America Meet World global comedy contest, we decided to award not just one, but two prizes. The runner-up, Nik Rabinowitz, won a 3 day, 2 night trip to NYC and the opportunity to perform at the famed Gotham Comedy Club.

Check out the full set from his show.

Judges

The Finalist videos on this site were selected from a pool of 138 hilarious submissions by our team of expert judges:

Rebecca Paoletti

Former Head of Video at Yahoo! North America and CEO of CakeWorks

Tim Rosta

Senior Vice President, Integrated Marketing at E! Entertainment Networks

Baratunde Thurston

CEO & Co-Founder of Cultivated Wit and former Digital Director of The Onion

John Vorhaus

Best-selling author of The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even if You're Not


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