Internet Week 2013

Last Night at the Webby Awards, Patton Oswalt Tried to Give David Karp a Wedgie

He wore a hoodie. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The Webby Awards)

Hundreds gathered for the 17th Annual Webby Awards at Cipriani Wall Street last night in a ceremony that honored excellence on the Internet–fart jokes, GIF pronunciation debates and all.

Patton Oswalt began by observing, “Look at all these people taping this. By all means, record this shaky iPhone version, because this will never be on the Internet.”

“This whole thing was Kickstarted, but we didn’t quite make our stretch goal, so instead of Louis C.K., you have me as your host,” he added.

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Torturous Ennui of the Upper Middle Class Explored with #ThisAmericanLifeStories Hashtag

Mr. Oswalt (Photo: Wikipedia)

“This American Life” is a radio show so beloved–and so unfailingly pretentious–that even its biggest fans have to concede that it’s mostly a portrait of the spoiled upper middle class. Today comedian Patton Oswalt took to Twitter to playfully mock the show, first tweeting “A small, local post office #ThisAmericanLifeStories” and following that up with “Hats #ThisAmericanLifeStories.”

Of course, the hashtag tore off like Ira Glass in an artisanal cheese shop: soon it was trending, and our Twitter feed was filling up with hilarious suggestions for upcoming show topics, like “Alfalfa farmers who also read The New Yorker#ThisAmericanLifeStories,” as a user named Henning Fog tweeted. Read More