• New York comedian receives AVN Award nomination for Hamilton porn parody

    Hamilton was everywhere last year—including our porn. Eitan Levine was not a seasoned porn writer when he came up with the Hamiltoe porn parody. He was a comedian, writer, and journalist from a sheltered sexual upbringing—and now he is nominated for a porn Oscar. Against all odds, Levine received an AVN Award nomination for Clever Title of the Year (that is an actual AVN category).

    The idea started as a gag pitch to an editor at Elite Daily. “Two years ago I literally asked my bosses if I could do a story where I get staffed as a porn writer,” the New York comedian, who was raised Orthodox Jewish, explains. “They said yes and then WoodRocket said yes and then a million other people said yes to this project—all of whom I assumed were going to say, ‘Absolutely not.’”

    Hamiltoe, the porn parody version of Hamilton, is up for four AVN awards: Clever Title of the Year, Best Marketing Campaign—Individual Project, Best Soundtrack, and Best Featurette.

    Levine isn’t stopping at just being nominated. He’s trying to win. He is even making a documentary short about his journey to the awards ceremony in Las Vegas called Hamiltoe: For Your Consideration. “Hamilton was such a cultural touchstone that when Hamiltoe was announced, it was the biggest news story that week. SNL even made a joke about it on Weekend Update,” Levine stated, “We’ve got an opportunity here to end the Hamiltoe journey in such a bizarrely fitting way. What Hamilton did at the Tonys, I want Hamiltoe to do at the AVNs.” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton won 11 Tonys.

    WoodRocket is a production house known for its porn parodies including Strokémon, Assventure Time, and Fap To The Future. Hamiltoe was produced, filmed, and released as part of a joint project between Pornhub and WoodRocket. The AVN—or Adult Video News—Awards have been celebrating the best porn has to offer since 1984. With over 100 categories, there are awards for both technical filmmaking and porn specific qualifiers. An edited version of the gala has aired on Showtime since 2008. The awards ceremony will take place week on January 26, 2019.

    Not everyone is excited as Levine. “My parents are not happy about this whole thing,” Levine describes. “My mom said that she would rather I ‘join ISIS than do this to our family.’’ But Hamiltoe isn’t going anywhere. The trailer on Youtube has over 100,000 views between YouTube and Pornhub, and the parody itself boasts over 190,000 views on Pornhub. Levine hopes even more people will see it as part of a viral marketing campaign to create buzz before the awards show.

    Levine and his crew are raising money through a GoFundMe for Hamiltoe: For Your Consideration. With enough money, they may even get a billboard to encourage voting for the less-than-likely porn award nominee.

    And if you’re wondering if Miranda knows about Hamiltoe, the answer is yes. And a source tells us he’s a fan.

    You can watch the Safe For Work trailer for Hamiltoe below.

    Rosa Escandon

    I am a stand up comic and writer living in Brooklyn, NY. When I'm not on stage, I am Comedy Editor for The Tusk, sit on the board of the Cinder Block Comedy Festival, and writing my next project. I am passionate about writing about feminism and comedy as well as how women, LBGTQ people, and minorities are changing the face of comedy and entertainment. You may have seen me on Buzzfeed Video, Seriously.TV, aplus, or maybe just on twitter.

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