Andy Samberg to Host the 2013 Spirit Awards

Andy Samberg: Like a Host

Two weeks ago, we announced the 2013 Spirit Award nominees. Today, we’re excited to announce the host for the February show: comedian Andy Samberg. The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards signals Samberg’s return to hosting duties since heading up the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, the highest rated Movie Awards since 2004.

Having just completed his 7th and final season as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, the Emmy® award-winning actor and writer most recently starred in the critically lauded and Spirit Award-nominated film Celeste and Jesse Forever (co-written by his co-star, Rashida Jones). He also lent his vocal talents to the box office hit Hotel Transylvania alongside Adam Sandler, and starred on the hit BBC Three sitcom Cuckoo.

Samberg is also Grammy nominated, along with his LONELY ISLAND partners Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. Their first comedy album, Incredibad, included the Emmy®-winning (sorta NSFW) sensation D*** In A Box, featuring Justin Timberlake, and was the #1 selling comedy album in 2009 and 2010. Earlier this year they released their follow up, Turtleneck and Chain, which was nominated for a 2012 Grammy for “Best Comedy Album” and included such musical heavy hitters as Akon, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna.

“The moment I heard Andy’s name, I knew we had our host for the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards,” said our co-president Sean Mc Manus. “He’s one of the most funny young comedic actors working today and having him join us in celebrating this year’s exceptional films and talented filmmaking artists is a true honor.”

The 28th annual Spirit Awards will be held in a tent on the Santa Monica beach on Saturday, February 23, with the premiere broadcast airing later that evening at 10:00 pm ET/PT on IFC. Learn more about the Spirit Awards and how you can vote at


December 11th, 2012 • 1 Comment

One Response to “Andy Samberg to Host the 2013 Spirit Awards”

  1. Setra
    February 21, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing Andy Samberg host the 2013 Spirit Awards and I also can’t wait to see if his film Celeste and Jess Forever wins a Spirit Award. I’ll be at work at DISH when this is on so I’ll be recording this on my DVR. My roommates will also be away from home so we’ll be setting up our DISH Hopper to record up to six programs at once during primetime. This way no one will have to worry about missing their favorite show.

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