Hosting #webby16 @PattonOswalt
Definitively the toughest, most stressful and also most fun part of preparing for The Webbys is finding a host. My favorite and also most hated part about it is everyone’s super insightful opinions. I can’t tell you how many people when asking me about the host before its been announced will say “What about Conan?” or “You should really consider Jon Stewart.” Those are my favs.
In all seriousness though, host selection is fun and stressful because it is epically (is that a word?) important. There is nothing we ruminate over more. Here’s why: until the show happens, the entirety of what we are doing is communicated to the world by who is hosting. The 13th Annual Webby Awards, Hosted by Seth Meyers. The 15th Annual Webby Awards, hosted by Lisa Kudrow. No matter what else you have planned for the Show, until you go live, people’s perception of what it will be is a direct association to the host. Seth’s cool! Oh, that guy. Ug. Ricky Gervais is amazing. Billy Crystal.. interesting. You get the point.
Our host this year, Patton Oswalt, is exactly what we want to be saying about The Webbys. He’s super talented, super funny and most important of all, super relevant. Steve Marchese (our EP) got me to go with him to a stand up set he did a few years ago at ATP; half the set was dorky Internet jokes. People were dying. As a social media marketing guru might say, Patton is a digital native.
Anyway. Mark my words: May 21st, 2012, Patton Oswalt @ The Webby Awards. He’s going to be so good we won’t be able to get him back.