Matt Walsh has been a staple of the comedy scene for over a decade, appearing in countless television shows and movies such as The Daily Show, Dog Bites Man, Old School, Role Models, and The Hangover.
The North American* Genius Monkey Comedy Award is given to a comedian -- sketch, stand-up, and/or improv -- who is on their way up. It's not necessarily given to the absolute funniest comedian working today, as it's not an award for someone who is incredibly well-known to the general public.
I want to start by saying that I'm a big fan of Late Night with Conan O'Brien. I've been watching the show since its first episode (when I was probably too young to be watching late night TV at all) and I've been hooked ever since.