Galifianakis, Funny or Die lead Webby winners

The Associated Press
Posted May 03, 2011, at 10:52 p.m.

NEW YORK — As a mock interview show host, Zach Galifianakis is accruing awards at the rate of a “60 Minutes” correspondent.

Galifianakis led the 15th annual Webby Awards on Tuesday with four awards for his Web series “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis.” He won best Web personality-host, best comedy short and best online variety show. He won the latter in both the voter-chosen “People’s Voice” category and the proper Webby Award category.

The Webbys, which celebrate Internet achievement, are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a group of 750 Web experts as well as other Internet professionals.

Galifianakis’ irreverent, sporadically released show, which appears on FunnyOrDie.com, is done in the style of a cable access show. Galifianakis, who was honored last year by the Webbys as best actor, belligerently and absurdly interviews celebrity guests.

Lisa Kudrow won two awards for her “Web Therapy” series. Arcade Fire’s innovative “The Wilderness Downtown” music video also won two awards, as did the interactive “Johnny Cash Project.” Both Web-based music videos were directed by Chris Milk.

Justin Bieber took the People’s Voice award for best comedy video for his April Fool’s takeover of FunnyOrDie.com as “Bieber or Die.” The site’s home page was remade with clips featuring Bieber in famous viral videos.

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