The sports world gets the award ceremony treatment on July 15, when ESPN puts on the 2015 ESPY Awards, celebrating the best athletes, teams, moments and more from the preceding 12 months.
Hosting the ESPYs from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles will be comedian/actor Joel McHale, best known for his role as Jeff Winger on the television series Community and as host of pop culture commentary program The Soup. His statement upon being revealed as the host gave a taste of the humor he’ll bring to the awards ceremony.
“I’m thrilled to be hosting The ESPYS. Just ecstatic,” he said, via CBS News’ Amanda Mikelberg. “After my stunning victory in the Iditarod [dog sled race] this year by only using six Bichon Frises and a lamb, I think the sports world saw me as the logical host.”
McHale joins a long line of comedians who have hosted the event, including Jimmy Kimmel, Rob Riggle and Seth Meyers. Expect a highly potent, hilarious roasting of some of the top athletes from McHale, whose clever verbal barbs sting with the best of them.
The ESPYs will air for the first time on ABC this year, starting at 8 p.m. A countdown show for the ESPY Awards will air at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Live streams of the event can be found at WatchESPN. Some streams are subject to blackout based on region.