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About the Show
Harrison Greenbaum: What Just Happened? features the "hardest-working man in comedy" (Time Out New York) and the first-ever comedian to headline a Cirque du Soleil show (Mad Apple), combining his unique brand of stand-up with award-winning magic, much of it invented specifically for this show and never before seen.
The culmination of over a decade of developing, writing, and performing, the show debuted at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York in 2010, where it was a sold-out smash and the venue’s first-ever comedy magic show.
Since then, the show has toured internationally, including a two-month run Off-Broadway, and has been featured at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA, and the Sydney Opera House. The show was also the first and only magic show to be featured at the Comedy Cellar in New York, Dynasty Typewriter in Los Angeles, and the National Comedy Center, as well as the first and only magic show to be presented by the National Lampoon.
In addition to being a New York Times Critic’s Pick, Harrison has won several awards for his show, including the Andy Kaufman Award for originality and creativity in comedy, the Senator Crandall Award for originality and creativity in magic, and a Presidential Citation from the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Harrison was also recently made an Associate Member of the Inner Circle of the Magic Circle (A.I.M.C.) with Silver Star, an elite designation given by the President of the Magic Circle for exceptional performance.
1st Ever Magic Show
National Comedy Center
Cirque du Soleil
Sydney Opera House
1st Ever Magic Show
New York Comedy Festival
2 Month Run
“Mr. Greenbaum is a stand-up comic and magician whose routine combines both of his talents into one creative show… His stand-up is fast-paced, smart and interactive, and his illusions reveal the same caliber of creativity and cleverness.”
NY Times Critic's Pick
Harrison Greenbaum began performing magic at the age of five and stand-up comedy while studying psychology and English at Harvard. A summa cum laude graduate, Harrison was the longest-tenured president of the Harvard Magic Society in the group’s history and the creator and co-founder of the Harvard College Stand-Up Comic Society.
Now living in Manhattan, Harrison has become one of the most in-demand performers in New York, performing in more than 600 shows a year, which has led to both Time Out New York and the NY Daily News to call him "the hardest- working man in comedy." One of Comedy Central's "Comics to Watch," Harrison has also received many awards and honors for his comedy, including the Shorty Award in collaboration with Comedy Central and the New York Comedy Festival for "Best Emerging Comic" (2011).
On television, Harrison has been featured on America’s Got Talent, Last Comic Standing, Conan, Comedy Central’s This Week at the Comedy Cellar, AXS.TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, and National Geographic Channel’s Brain Games. He was also the warm-up comic for Katie, Katie Couric’s talk show on ABC; a senior producer for ABC's Would You Fall For That?; a writer for Comedy Central's Tha God's Honest Truth; and the head writer of Telemundo’s first-ever late-night show, Tu Nite con Lorenzo Parro.
As a magician, Harrison was named one of "today's best" by Newsday. He has toured around the world as one of the stars of The Illusionists: Direct from Broadway, the biggest-selling magic show in history, and as the host of The Unbelievables, which ran for more than 20 performances at the Sydney Opera House, toured Australia, and has been seen by more than 100,000 people. The most requested performer at Monday Night Magic, the longest-running Off-Broadway magic show in New York, Harrison has also performed at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, the Mystery Lounge in Boston, and was one of only 30 magicians chosen to perform at the International Festival of Magic, Illusion, and the Unusual in Louisville, Kentucky.
From colleges to comedy clubs, from talk shows to theaters, Harrison is bringing his special combination of comedy and magic to audiences around the world, proving each night why publications such as am New York have described him as one of comedy and magic’s “hottest rising stars and, without a doubt, one of the most unique acts you'll ever see.”
“Harrison has mastered being very funny in comedy and very f***ing awesome in magic. You have that deathly combination.”
Larry Wilmore, host of The Night Show with Larry Wilmore, creator of The Bernie Mac Show, and executive producer of Black-ish
“We loved it… It had everything you could possibly want to please Penn & Teller: really good comedy, really good magic, and blasphemy.”
Penn Jillette, on behalf of Penn & Teller
“Funny man Harrison Greenbaum, brimming over with crazy, frenetic energy, blew audiences away…. Harrison’s edgy, fast-paced comedy magic act made him a definite fan favorite...played to standing ovations all week”
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