03/16/2009 AT 01:15 PM EDT
The 2009 MTV Movie Awards never take themselves too seriously, but this year may be the funniest yet. Saturday Night Live
star Andy Samberg has been selected to host the show on May 31.
Now in their 18th year, the MTV awards are well known for their zany film parodies and outrageous antics. (Remember Will Ferrell's liplock with Sacha Baron Cohen?) Samberg's comedic styles should be a nice match for the awards, which present golden popcorn trophies in unconventional categories such as "best villain," "best action sequence" and "best kiss."
"I'm super excited to host the movie awards," says Samberg. "I grew up watching the show and a lot of the past hosts are heroes of mine. Plus, my friends and I were writers for the show prior to working at SNL
, so it will be a sweet and satisfying homecoming. I can't wait to act really important."
Samberg has some big shoes to fill. Previous hosts include Jessica Alba
, Ben Stiller, Lindsay Lohan
, Will Smith
and Justin Timberlake