MTV has named the host for it’s 19th annual Movie Awards. It’s not Steve Martin or Alec Baldwin. Nor is it Billy Crystal. Or Ellen DeGeneres. Or Conan O’Brien.
In fact, none of the usual suspects were even on the short list. Thank goodness, right?
The celebrity who nabbed the coveted spot for this alt-take on movie awards is Aziz Ansari, the offbeat comic whose co-starring gig on NBC’s ‘Parks & Recreation‘ has made him, at least among the kids and comedy cognoscenti, one of prime time’s brightest stars.
We couldn’t be more pleased with the choice. And likewise Ansari, who said he’s “so happy Ronnie from ‘Jersey Shore‘ was unavailable and this exciting opportunity was able to come my way.”
“I’ve watched ‘Twilight’ a bunch. I’ve watched ‘Avatar’ 400 times,” he recently told MTV News. “I have hit movies playing on Blu-ray at all times. I’ve been stalking Daniel Radcliffe. Whatever I can do to get the movies in my head.”
MTV’s Movie Awards airs live Sunday, June 6.
For those not familiar with Ansari, here’s a quick tutorial/appreciation. From South Carolina – he’s of Tamil Indian hertiage – he studied business at NYU before getting into standup via the hip comedy troupe, the Upright Citizens Brigade. After college, he worked briefly in the Internet advertising industry, but left to focus on comedy full-time. He helped create MTV’s ‘Human Giant’ series and appeared in several Judd Apatow movies before landing on ‘Parks.’
Watch him in the latest ‘Parks & Recreation’ here:
Ansari’s Twitter page is ripe with examples of his funny take on everyday life. For instance, last weekend he tweeted, “Finally figured out how Netflix chooses which moves have Instant Play capability: Any movie I want to watch, doesn’t have it.” A week earlier, Ansari tweeted, “Its become very clear that I was wrong – this HBO show “The Pacific” is NOT a spinoff of the old USA series “Pacific Blue.”
Take a look at this train of thought: “Was all set to go to bed at 1am. What happened? Kindergarten Cop on HBO at 110am! That’s what.” Then, later that morning, Ansari wrote, “Something very sad about the fact I haven’t read Moby Dick, but I have read the Kindergarten Cop Wikipedia page.”
Comcast users, here’s a special extra: You can watch Ansari in the hilarious comedy ‘I Love You Man.’ Just click here.