ESPN Enlists Comedian Rob Riggle To Host The 2012 ESPY Awards

By Jesse Carp 3 years ago discussion comments
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Let's face it, most awards shows are pretty boring. Whether or not you love the topic at hand - film for The Academy Awards, television on The Emmys or music at The Grammys - the actual awards show more often than not fail to entertain. It's a hard thing to accomplish when you have to spend the greater part of four hours congratulating each other while also trying to please the millions of people watching at home. However, one awards show, and I may be bias as a spots fan, that never disappoints in the entertainment department is ESPN's The ESPY Awards, largely because they know how to hire a host.

This year, the 20th for the event celebrating the best in sports, the ESPYS have hired comedian Rob Riggle to be master of ceremonies. Personally, I've never found the man anything but hilarious so I'm definitely looking forward to see what he has in store for the show in July. ESPN's Front Row first announced that Riggle would be hosting the live broadcast and also caught up with the actor famous for being a correspondent on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show as well as appearing in films like The Hangover and Step Brothers.

In the interview, the actor said he was most looking forward to hosting the ESPYS in order to get the chance to "meet all my sports heroes, people I sincerely admire and respect and the 50-foot robot that breathes fire and can eat cars!" And while I don't think Truckosaurus will be in attendance, there will be no lack of sports heroes and superstars to the host to meet. ESPN also asked the comedian if he was thinking of bringing in any of his Hollywood buddies as possible collaborators and since he's "had the chance to work with some amazing actors, comedians and writers; some of Hollywood’s best and I’m calling ALL of them!" Even though Riggle was kidding when he said he's be calling 'all' his former collaborators, don't be surprised to see a lot of them show up. Some great examples in the past include:

Steve Carell's "The Decision" interview with Paul Rudd (obviously mocking the famous LeBron James broadcast about his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat)...



...and Will Ferrell accepting the Athlete of the Year Award for Tiger Woods...



...and John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell negotiating their terms to host the ESPYS.



Also, you should probably watch Will Ferrell as Jeff Vuvuzela or Ferrell serenade Lance Armstrong. You get the idea, Will Ferrell LOVES the ESPYS and I wouldn't be surprised to see him, and many other comedians show up. Already confirmed to appear this year, in order to celebrate the 20th anniversary, are former hosts Samuel Jackson, Lance Armstrong, Justin Timberlake and Seth Meyers. The ESPYS air Wednesday, July 11 LIVE at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. Check out the full interview with Rob Riggle, the host of the 20th ESPY Awards, on ESPN.com.
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