This year’s Primetime Emmy Awards host has been revealed, and it’s a very solid choice. Fox announced today that Andy Samberg has been chosen to host this year’s 67th ceremony, which will take place live on Sunday, September 20th on Fox. The move makes sense given that Samberg is now a part of the Fox family as the lead of the excellent sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but he’s also an incredibly funny performer with a smidge of live television experience.
Samberg had a memorable appearance on last year’s Emmy Awards ceremony, which was hosted by Seth Meyers. He came onto the stage dressed as Joffrey from Game of Thrones and performed a musical number with Weird Al Yankovich. While the hosts of the past few years have been great, the Emmys ceremonies themselves have ranged from extremely disappointing to downright terrible (remember the dubstep Breaking Bad performance?). Here’s hoping Samberg weirds things up this year and makes things a bit more interesting.
Read the full press release below, from Fox:
Emmy® Award-winning writer, actor and comedian Andy Samberg will host the 67TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS airing LIVE coast-to-coast from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 20 (8:00-11:00 PM ET live/5:00-8:00 PM PT live) on FOX. Samberg stars as “Det. Jake Peralta” on the award-winning comedy BROOKLYN NINE-NINE.
“It’s wonderfully fitting that we have Andy Samberg, an Emmy Award winner himself, as our host for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards,” said Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy. “Andy has excelled in all aspects of the television universe, both from behind and in front of the camera. His humor, insights and charisma will be an exciting addition to our annual celebration of television’s best and brightest.”
“The moment the Emmy Awards’ host was brought up, we said it had to be Andy,” said Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group. “He is fearless, hilarious, an award-winning comedian, singer, writer and actor with incredible live TV experience. We know he’ll deliver the laughs and give viewers an incredible night they will enjoy.”
“Buckle your seat belts, Emmy viewers!,” said Samberg. “Like, in general you should buckle your seat belts in your car. In fact, even if you’re not an Emmy viewer, you should buckle your seat belt. It can be dangerous on the road. Also, if you’re not an Emmy viewer, you should strongly consider becoming one this year, because I’m hosting, and it’s gonna be a wild ride. So buckle your seat belts.”
Producers of the 67TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS will be announced soon.
Nominations for the 67TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS will be announced the morning of Thursday, July 16.
An Emmy Award-winning writer, Andy Samberg has emerged as a captivating and hilarious leading man on screens both big and small. For his role on BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical, as well as the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy as a producer. Prior to BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, he completed his seventh and final season as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.”
Samberg is part of The Lonely Island comedy troupe with partners Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. Their sophomore album, “Turtleneck and Chain,” was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2012 for Best Comedy Album, with Platinum-selling single “I Just Had Sex (feat. Akon).” Their single, “D*** In A Box,” from their first album, won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.
In January 2014, FOX inked a multi-year deal with The Lonely Island, to develop next-generation comedy series. The comedy development venture is titled “Party Over Here.”