Comedian Andy Samberg will host this year's Emmys

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Comedian Andy Samberg, star of the award-winning Brooklyn Nine-Nine series, will host the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20.

Widely known as the television equivalent of the Oscars, the Emmy Awards will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Nominations will be announced on July 16.

"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."

Samberg, 36, an Emmy and Golden Globe winner, who was formerly a member of the Saturday Night Live cast, added: "Buckle your seat belts, Emmy viewers 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."

Seth Meyers, also of Saturday Night Live fame, presented last year's Emmys.