Exciting news today from Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival. They just announced that Joel McHale will serve as host for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Yes, THE Joel McHale from television’s “The Soup” and “Community”.
The 26th edition of the awards will be held back at the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m. The awards ceremony will air exclusively on IFC on February 26 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The announcement of Joel McHale as host comes hot on the heels of the news that actors Eva Mendes and Jeremy Renner will be announcing the Spirit Award nominees on November 30th.
“Joel’s unique brand of comedy is perfectly in line with IFC’s ‘slightly off’ sensibility,” said Jennifer Caserta, Executive Vice President & General Manager, IFC. “We’re thrilled he’s hosting this year’s Awards. This is a real perk for viewers.” We whole-heartedly agree.
To give you a taste of what you might expect from the host, here’s a clip of Joel’s brand of slightly off humor from his show, “The Soup”. Yep, those are the Kids in the Hall:
And here he is with David Cross: