Jack Black To Host MTV Video Music Awards; Promises To ‘Bring The Thunder’

'Radio City Music Hall will never be the same,' actor says in statement.

MTV is going back to comedy and, more specifically, back to Black. Jack Black, who co-hosted the 2002 MTV Movie Awards, will emcee this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Black follows in the footsteps of Diddy, who hosted last year’s event in Miami (see “Green Day Clean Up, Kelly Clarkson Gets Wet, 50 Rips Into Fat Joe At VMAs” ).

The 2004 VMAs had no host, meaning the last comedian to host was Chris Rock in 2003, a show that featured Black mocking Michael Jackson’s “Artist of the Millennium” acceptance speech (see “Christina Strips, Britney Goes Biker, Pink Shows Off Tats On VMA Red Carpet” ). Black also performed at the 2000 VMAs with his Tenacious D bandmate Kyle Gass.

“My plan is to bring the thunder,” Black said in a statement. “I’ve got my top men working on it as we speak, in my thunder laboratory. Radio City Music Hall will never be the same.”

The 2006 VMAs will be broadcast from New York’s Radio City Music Hall on August 31 at 8 p.m. ET/PT (see “Shakira, Chili Peppers, Madonna, Panic! Lead List Of Nominees For MTV Video Music Awards” ).

Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Ludacris, the Killers, Panic! at the Disco and T.I. are the first artists set to perform. Additional names will be announced in the coming weeks.

Black starred in “Nacho Libre” this summer and will return to theaters November 17 in “Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny.”

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