Morgan Ailis Webb
(born October 5, 1978) is a former co-host and senior segment producer of the now-canceled G4 show X-Play
She was previously the host of the podcast WebbAlert
and a monthly columnist for the United States edition of FHM
, where she contributed a monthly video game column titled "Tips from the Gaming Goddess".
[ Lycos Retriever.com Morgan Webb: Maxim Magazine]
nnBorn in Los Angeles,
Webb attended UC Berkeley from 1996 to 2000. She developed computer skills in her free time there, and after graduating from college worked for a dot-com company as a website administrator. After the company went under during the dot-com bubble burst of 2000, her friend Catherine Schwartz got her hired at TechTV in 2001, and Webb became employed as the associate producer and web researcher for The Screen Savers
. Throughout 2002 and 2003, she also regularly co-hosted TechTV's Call for Help
with Chris Pirillo. In April 2003, Webb left The Screen Savers
to co-host X-Play
with Adam Sessler.
Webb is one of the six TechTV personalities to survive the massive layoffs resulting from the May 2004 merger of G4 and TechTV. Only Adam Sessler and Webb remained with the network after G4's change in format. After Sessler's employment was terminated in April 2012,
Webb was the only original TechTV personality remaining on the network.
thumb|200px|left|Morgan Webb during the 3 launch in New York City, 2007
]In August 2005, Webb became a contributing game columnist for FHM
, alongside her regular hosting duties on X-Play
. Her monthly column was titled "Tips from the Gaming Goddess". Readers were encouraged to email Webb their video-game-related inquiries; she would then answer one question each month. In February 2007, Webb wrote her final column for the magazine, which discontinued its U.S. publication in March. She also hosted the short-lived Free Stuff
From August 2, 2007, to January 25, 2009, Webb had a daily video blogging initiative called WebbAlert
. These videos were 5 to 6 minutes in length, and each consisted of a recap of popular technology news of the day. On occasion, Webb departed from the regular news format in favor of an episode on one particular topic of interest. Examples included a recap of the annual TED Conference,
a viral video special showcasing "future 'Darwin Award' winners",
and tech-centric "Holiday Buyer's Guides".
In January 2009, Webb suspended WebbAlert
indefinitely due to issues with maintaining it on a daily basis concurrently with her hosting duties on X-Play
On February 25, 2009, G4 announced that Webb would be the host of their new show G4 Underground
, a weekly series that profiles a wide range of people and topics that are of interest to the "internet generation". It premiered March 29, 2009.
After airing more than 1300 episodes, X-Play
aired its final episode on January 23, 2013.
From June 11, 2013 through June 13, 2013, Morgan co-anchored Microsoft's nightly Xbox @ E3 Live
streaming event coverage on Xbox Live, reuniting her with former G4 personalities Kevin Pereira, Blair Herter, Jessica Chobot, Blair Butler and Tina Summerford.
Morgan now works as a consultant and creative advisor for Activision Blizzard,
where she also produces and hosts Blizzard's monthly World of Warcraft discussion program WoW Source
nnWebb was born on October 5, 1978.
Her birthplace has been reported as Toronto, Ontario,
but some seem to think she was born in the U.S.
During the 2011 Comic-Con, Webb was asked what she missed about Canada. She answered, "I was born and raised in the United States."
Despite saying this, during Morgan Webb's first television appearance on TechTV, Morgan says she is Canadian and proceeds to teach about Canada.
As an infant and small child, Webb appeared in advertisements for Gerber baby food, Kenner Toys, and an ad for McDonald's, where she recited the ingredients of the Big Mac to a game of Pat-a-cake. Though Webb's parents refused to let her watch television, she made up for it by playing video games.
She began with an Atari, primarily the game Combat
, but as technology progressed, The Legend of Zelda
and Phantasy Star
became two of her favorite games.
After Webb graduated from high school, she left home to attend UC Berkeley. There she earned a bachelor's degree in rhetoric (with a minor in Italian) in 2000.
On August 19, 2006, Webb married Rob Reid in a service at City Hall in San Francisco, California.
nnthumb|170px|right|Webb at Arcade Expo|PAX Prime 2012
]Throughout 2004 and beyond, Webb was featured in numerous issues of print publications. Maxim
magazine spotlighted her in their July 2004 issue. FHM
featured a five-page article in their November 2004 issue, and also had her listed in three consecutive years for their annual The 100 Sexiest Women in the World
article: #73 in 2005, #62 in 2006, and #51 in 2007. Other magazines have featured her as well, voted "Hottest Woman of the Year" in RTD's 2006 Top 10 countdown and in an article in the fall 2006 edition of Colleges.com U Magazine
In April 2004, Webb was in "TechTV's Sexiest Techie" poll sponsored by Playboy
magazine. TechTV viewers could vote for their favorite girl via the Playboy
website. Webb won the poll and was offered a nude photo shoot, but she refused, despite being "very flattered", citing her own personal reasons and her parents' objection to the idea.
Webb appeared in the music video "Strange New Element" from the band Low Water.
She makes her appearance near the end of the video alongside other fellow TechTV personalities, including Catherine Schwartz, Sarah Lane, Laura Swisher, Chi-Lan Lieu, and Sumi Das. In addition to appearing in Low Water's music video, Webb is featured in the artwork of the band's album Hard Words in a Speakeasy
. She additionally provided her own vocals for X-Play: The Musical
, which aired in February 2007. She is a frequent guest on various talk shows, including The Tyra Banks Show
(in February 2008), Chelsea Lately
(in early 2009), and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
(on April 15, 2009).
[McElroy, Justin. Morgan Webb plays Punch-Out!! with Jimmy Fallon. Joystiq. April 16, 2009.]
She was also a frequent co-host on G4's Attack of the Show!
. On June 17, 2009, Webb appeared on KCRW Radio, as part of the station's Guest DJ Project
On June 21, 2008, Webb along with her X-Play
co-host Adam Sessler, participated in the 50th annual Hollywood Stars Celebrity Softball
game at Dodger Stadium.
A YouTube video was posted on October 7, 2013 with Webb as the well-versed host of a "Patch 5.4 Developer Round Table" discussion with Blizzard Entertainment employees J. Allen Brack, Ion Hazzikostas, and Tom Chilton.
1978 birthsLiving peopleTechTVX-PlayUniversity of California, Berkeley alumniVideo game criticsPeople from the San Francisco Bay AreaPeople from Los Angeles, CaliforniaSource: Wikipedia
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