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Move over, Jimmy Kimmel: SXSW welcomes back Bravo's Andy Cohen — and his show

SXSW welcomes Bravo's Andy Cohen for festival tapings of his show

Jimmy Kimmel won’t be the only TV host setting up shop in Austin during South by Southwest.

Andy Cohen, host of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, will film five shows here during the SXSW Interactive Festival. The Interactive portion of SXSW runs March 7-11.

“I fell in love with SXSW and Austin while on a panel last year,” Cohen told The Hollywood Reporter. “This festival is the perfect match for our highly interactive show, and I can’t wait to welcome Bravolebrities, stars and Texas legends to our Austin clubhouse.”

Bravo says Cohen’s show “boasts one of late night's most digitally engaged audiences in cable." 

This marks Cohen’s second consecutive year to tape shows in Austin during SXSW. In 2013, Cohen’s guests at SXSW included Sarah Silverman, Ian Somerhalder, Gillian Jacobs and Nev Schulman.

“It felt so perfect last year for the most interactive show in late night to do a week of shows at SXSW that we had to do it again,” Cohen said in a Bravo news release.

The Austin location for the 2014 tapings of Cohen’s show wasn’t announced.

Bravo says Cohen’s show “boasts one of late night's most digitally engaged audiences in cable. Each night, thousands of fans personally engage with Cohen … and his celebrity guests via Twitter.”

Watch What Happens Live launched as a web-only series in 2007. Two years later, Bravo added the show to its late-night lineup; the show airs each weeknight.

Of course, we already know that Kimmel will be broadcasting during SXSW. The late-night host will bring his ABC talk show to the Long Center for five days, March 10-14.

“Austin is one of my favorite cities,” Kimmel said in a news release, “and there is no place more fun than SXSW. I can’t wait for March 10th. I’ll be the guy covered in BBQ sauce.”

We’re still awaiting word on when tickets to the Jimmy Kimmel Live tapings will be available.

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Bravo TV host Andy Cohen Photo courtesy of Bravo