Lisa Kudrow to host 2011 Webby Awards
Lisa Kudrow, a former "Friends" cast member who now heads the online comedy show "Web Therapy," is set to host the 2011 Webby Awards ceremony, which takes place at The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York on Monday, June 13 and is set to be broadcast live on Facebook.
The event honors videos, applications and other online projects that demonstrate "excellence on the Internet."
The winners were announced earlier this month and include the 47-year-old actress, whose series won two Webbys, teen singer Justin Bieber, who won the People's Voice award for best comedy video for his April Fool's takeover of FunnyOrDie.com, and "Hangover" star Zach Galifianakis, who won four Webbys for his online talk show "Between Two Ferns."
"In addition to her traditional hosting duties, Kudrow will also be responsible for ensuring that winners stick to the Webby Awards' famous five-word speech limit," the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, which presents the event, said in a statement.
The ceremony will be broadcast live on the Webby Awards official Facebook Page.
"Web Therapy" is set to make its television debut on July 19 on the Showtime cable network. Ludrow plays a therapist named Fiona Wallice who treats people via webcam.
"Lisa Kudrow has really embraced online entertainment, using her iconic style and sense of humor to create 'Web Therapy,' one of the funniest web series today," David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, said in a statement.
"She is the natural choice to host this year's Webby Awards, having been recognized by the Academy for her outstanding role as internet-based therapist Fiona Wallice, creating a whole new character to love for years to come," he added.
Last year, Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep appeared on the show as a sexual orientation counselor who specializes in "restoring men to their natural straight state".Other celebrities who have guest-starred on the series includeJulia Louis-Dreyfus, "Glee" actress Jane Lynch, "Saturday Night Live" alum Molly Shannon and Kudrow's former "Friends" co-star, Courteney Cox.