The 2017 Emmy Awards have found their host: late night comedian Stephen Colbert. The ceremony, which will air on September 17, is an annual celebration of the best in television.
Colbert, who can currently be seen on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS, has never hosted the Emmys before. He is no stranger to the ceremony, however. Over the course of his television career, he has been nominated for 27 Emmys and has won nine. Most of these nominations come from his tenure on The Colbert Report, where he played a satirized version of a political pundit.
This will be Colbert’s first time hosting an awards show, but the comedian has experience hosting high-profile events. He presided over the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2006, where he delivered a much talked about comedic monologue.
When Colbert was announced as the 2017 Emmys host, the chairmen of the Television Academy said that they were delighted to work with him. Jimmy Kimmel hosted the previous ceremony, which saw Game of Thrones and Veep take home the top honors. The 2017 nominations have not yet been announced. Nominations for everything from best drama to best variety special are due to be released on July 13.
Late Show with Stephen Colbert has gotten a big rating boost from the recent election. His ratings are up 16 percent since last year. Colbert honed his comedy skills on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, and the current political climate has given him plenty of comedy fodder. He even hosted an election night special called Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night: Democracy’s Series Finale. He is expected to bring his particular brand of sharp wit to the Emmy Awards ceremony.