Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt returns as host at 17th edition of Webby Awards

Digital & Media, Festivals & Awards

Acclaimed stand-up comedian, writer and actor Patton Oswalt will host The 17th Annual Webby Awards, that will broadcast on-demand on Wednesday, May 22 at

As host, Oswalt will once again be charged with making sure each winner sticks to the Webbys’ famous 5-Word speech acceptance rule. Notable speeches from last year include Louis CK’s “When I die, bye bye”, Bjork’s “A-E-I-O-U” and Instagram’s ‘This here requires no filter.”

Fans around the world will be able to watch and share the Webbys on demand starting the morning of Wednesday May 22 at The Webbys Show channel will launch with all the clips, photos, 5-Word Speeches, special performances and of course, the show in its entirety, all ready for sharing and watching online.

Patton can out-nerd the nerdiest of nerdy nerds, and out-funny just about anyone (…) He’s the perfect Webby host.

David-Michel Davies,

Executive Director Webby Awards.

Patton Oswalt continues to find success in all areas of entertainment, from his Grammy-nominated comedy special “Finest Hour” this past year to his upcoming comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (this December) with Ben Stiller. In addition to his guest roles in Justified, Two and a Half Men, and Burn Notice, Oswalt has a recurring role on the upcoming season of HBO’s The Newsroom.

This year’s Webby Nominees were announced on April 9, 2013.

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Interactive Advertising & Media, Online Film & Video, Mobile & Apps, and Social. Established in 1996, this year’s Webbys received over 11,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide this year. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Microsoft, Google+, Citibank, Vitamin T, Quantcast, MailChimp, Yext, Engine Yard, Funny or Die, MLB Advanced Media, Mashable, Business Insider, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Area17, Forsman & Bodenfors and Guardian News and Media.