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There’s little doubt that Saturday Night Live alum Andy Samberg will bring out the laughs as he’s hosting the 2015 Emmy Awards tonight, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t had to work hard to prepare – after all, he’s got some pretty tough competition from previous hosts in recent years, including another SNL alum, Seth Myers, the unforgettable Neil Patrick Harris and late-night legend Jimmy Kimmel.
Andy has revealed a few clues about what we can expect, including “riding in on a jet pack,” “adding oxygen to the room like a casino,” and warning people to “buckle their seat belts” because “it’s gonna be a wild ride.”
When the Los Angeles Times asked the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star what kind of host he hopes to be, he simply replied, “Hopefully a funny one. Tina [Fey] and Amy [Poehler] are standard I think. They are good at keeping it feeling really loose with a lot of good writing underneath that.”
While he’s been “jotting ideas down,” and said he’s open to having his comedy troupe, the Lonely Island, do something, he also noted “we’re not going to force it if it’s not right.”
Andy also revealed that he’s been watching as much of the nominated content as he can, researching and understanding the culture of each show.
The 37-year-old Berkeley, California native told Vanity that he doesn’t plan on reading any of the critiques of the event afterward. “The Emmys are a top tier show in terms of exposure and degree of difficulty,” Andy said. “In past years, I tracked it in terms of how these are critiqued a bit more than I will this year. I’m just going to not look this year and assume that it went great.”
Andy also added that he believed everyone in recent years had done a “solid job during their forays into hosting,” but he specifically mentioned his buddy Seth Meyers’ stint as well as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s turn at hosting the Golden Globes – and, Neil Patrick Harris “on everything.”
The “I Love You, Man” star also said he doesn’t plan on imitating what past hosts have done, but that he has learned from watching what works and what doesn’t.
“I wouldn’t try to emulate what they do because everyone has a different shade of comedy, but I was able to glean a bit of what works over not,” Andy shared. It’s usually a pretty positive room, which works for me because I’m generally a fairly positive comedy style. I’m going to try to keep the energy up and keep it light and silly and keep it moving.”
Keeping it moving is the key, he added, and also the biggest challenge.
“It’s a big, long show,” Andy explained. “You want to get your best stuff in and out and try to keep the show moving. Half of the audience is people sitting there who just didn’t win an award so you don’t want to overstay your welcome.”
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards will be airing live tonight at 8pm EST/5pm PT on Fox.