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AusChron: Mirman on a Mission

AusChron: Mirman on a Mission

This week’s new Austin Chronicle is the annual SXSW Interactive issue, with SXSW Web Awards host Eugene Mirman on the cover. Mirman, a popular face to fans of web-video comedy (as well as film and TV), will host the March 9 ceremony and it promises to be a raucous event if he’s at the helm. From Josh Rosenblatt’s feature story:

According to South by Southwest Interactive Festival coordinator Shawn O’Keefe, Mirman was a logical choice for the job. “Eugene’s indicative of the social involvement on the Internet that we’re interested in,” he says. “He’s a prime example of a guy who’s leveraged the Web and all its interactive potential to his advantage.”

Mirman, however, has a different take. He claims the reason Festival organizers chose him is because “they knew I’d destroy Austin if they didn’t.”

“Actually,” he continues, “I think they knew that I was a comedian who does a lot of blogging and Web-based stuff, so they probably thought I’d fit. The Internet has been good to my career; it’s allowed me to do my comedy videos and get them out to a wide audience, much wider than I would have without it.”

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