Actor, comedian and podcast host Larry Wilmore has signed to host the third annual Awards for Excellence in Audio, otherwise known as The Ambies. The Podcast Academy has also announced the annual awards show will be held March 7. Once again it will be a hybrid event with the ceremony streamed live on Twitch from the International Theater in Las Vegas.
“Larry’s prolific body of work and unique humor spans the stage, screen, and podcasting,” said Donald Albright, chairperson of The Podcast Academy and CEO of Tenderfoot TV. “To say that we are lucky to have him host this year’s Ambies is an understatement. He’s an icon in his own right. We cannot wait to see—and hear—what he will bring to the ceremony,” Albright said in the announcement.
Wilmore has been a television producer, actor, comedian, and writer for more than 25 years. He can currently be heard as host of Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air on The Ringer Podcast Network. The podcast features Wilmore’s unique mix of humor and wit as he weighs in on the issues of the week and interviews guests in the worlds of politics, entertainment, culture, sports, and beyond. He can also be seen in the Paramount+ film “Jerry and Margo Go Large” and in the Hulu legal drama “Reasonable Doubt.”
Wilmore is perhaps best known for his role as host of Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show” which debuted in January 2015 and ran for nearly two years. Off-screen, Wilmore served as co-creator and consulting producer on HBO’s “Insecure.”
“As a podcaster myself, one of the beautiful things about the medium is getting the opportunity to have insightful long-form conversations,” Wilmore said. “That, and not always having to wear pants. But for my peers, I plan to wear my fanciest pants as I serve as the host of The Podcast Academy’s Awards for Excellence in Audio on March 7.”
The Ambies celebrate excellence in podcasting and elevate awareness and status of podcasts as a unique and personal medium for entertainment, information, storytelling and expression. The ceremony will highlight 185 nominees across 26 categories with winners to be selected by every voting member of The Podcast Academy — in addition to a Governor’s Award. Eligible new members will be able to vote to determine this year’s winners if applications are submitted by February 1.
This year’s The Ambies ceremony is sponsored by Wondery, Sonoro, Audible, The Podcast Show, Stitcher, PRX, Tenderfoot TV, Castbox, Loeb & Loeb, Paramount, and the Hollywood Reporter.