Nick Offerman to Host 20th Annual Webby Awards

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Nick Offerman

The 'Parks and Recreation' alum will be tasked with enforcing the five-word acceptance speech rule.

Comedian Nick Offerman will preside over the 20th Annual Webby Awards, it was announced Monday.

The event, which awards the best of the internet, has tapped the Parks and Recreation alum as host because he "perfectly captures the creativity and ingenuity that the Webby Awards love to recognize,"  according to executive director David-Michel Davies.

He added: "And, also, the man carved wooden emojis, which is really all that matters." 

Offerman, whose acting credits also include TV's Fargo and the film 21 Jump Street, among others, will open the awards show, but perhaps his most important job that evening will be to ensure that Webby winners abide by the five-word acceptance speech rule. 

This is Offerman's first time hosting the ceremony, which last year tapped Hannibal Buress as its emcee. Past hosts of the Webbys, which are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, include Rob Corddry, Lisa Kudrow and Patton Oswalt.  

The Hollywood Reporter is among the winners of a Webby Award this year. Other winners, announced April 26, include Michelle Obama, Tracy Morgan and SNL 40

The Webbys are set to take place May 16 at Cipriani Wall Street. A stream of the show will be available the following day on WebbyAwards.com.

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