LOS ANGELES — Think you know risqué? The MTV Movie Awards are about to take the term to a whole new level.
“Hello, I’m Sarah Silverman, and I’m going to be hosting the 2007 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, June 3rd, at 8 p.m.,” the no-longer-a-mystery hostess grinned this week, revealing the news for the first time. “So don’t be an a–hole; tune in.”
The appointment of comedy’s foulmouthed sweetheart is the first of many major announcements to be made in the weeks leading up to this year’s annual celebration of cinema. With such flicks as “Borat,” “Dreamgirls” and “300” having been released in the last 12 months, the event seems certain to attract an eclectic crowd to its new home at Universal City, California’s Gibson Amphitheatre. And with the show being broadcast live for the first time in its history, the notorious Silverman is determined to sail the ship into uncharted waters.
“I’m of the Jewish culture,” she explained of why she took the gig. “They’re actually paying me with a million dollars’ worth of matzo — the resale value is somewhere around two grand.”
Silverman is a stand-up comedy veteran on a hot streak after successfully mixing her cover-girl looks and crass style in the recent movie “Jesus Is Magic” and Comedy Central’s “The Sarah Silverman Program.”
“The fact that it’s live is so exciting,” she continued. “When they first asked me to host the MTV Movie Awards, I got all choked up,” she explained. “I was trying to eat an apple at the same time, and it went down the wrong pipe.”
To prepare for the event, Silverman has already begun meeting with her high-profile new boss.
“This year, a young, little-known producer named Mark Burnett is producing,” Silverman deadpanned, referring to the mastermind behind reality-TV hits like “Survivor” and “The Apprentice.” “I’m kidding. He’s really famous.”
Silverman is the latest in a long line of hosts including Lindsay Lohan, Jack Black, Ben Stiller and last year’s Jessica Alba (see “MTV Movie Awards: Will Ferrell Freaks Out; Jessica Simpson Dusts Off Daisy Dukes” ). “These are very big shoes to fill,” Silverman admitted. “Mostly because Jessica Alba’s feet are like boats! They really are like clown-shoe feet.”
While the comedienne kept quiet over which films will be nominated, she beamed, dripping with sarcasm, “I’m really excited about ’Wild Hogs!’ It’s so well-crafted!”
Silverman also expressed a hope to lead viewers down a different path this year.
“It’s been fun for so many years in a row,” she said, flashing a devilish smirk. “[I want to] to explore the dramatic side of the MTV Movie Awards … this year, we’re going to do drama. There will be a pinch of fun, but I think the MTV audience is ready to maybe cry.”
This much is no joke: The 2007 awards will contain — for the first time — a Best Movie Spoof category to run alongside such favorites as Best Kiss and Best Fight. Allowing viewers to finally step onstage and accept their very own golden bucket of popcorn, original movie parodies are currently being accepted, with the winner to be revealed during the ceremony. Silverman said she can’t wait to watch the winning spoof — along with many of the other big box-office hits she’ll soon honor.
“I never saw ’300,’ but I did see ’Mr. 3000,’ ” Silverman admitted, agreeing that she has some catching up to do. “And I saw ’Talladega Nights,’ but I didn’t really watch it.”
Nevertheless, Silverman insisted that her credentials are in order, having hosted such events as the Spirit Awards in the past year. She also made a few appearances on the MTV Video Music Awards last year (see “Underdog Night At The VMAs: Panic, Gnarls, Blunt, Chamillionaire Win Big” ).
“This is actually the first time the MTV [Movie] Awards are live, which means I can say ass co– t– vagina diarrhea sandwich, and they can’t bleep it out,” she smiled sweetly. “Which is great, because that’s my favorite sandwich.”
Maybe she’s kidding; maybe she isn’t. Either way, tune in to the live broadcast June 3 to learn the names of all the big winners. And with the unpredictable Sarah Silverman in charge, who knows? You might even learn a few new dirty words to boot.
Tune in to see Sarah Silverman in all her foulmouthed glory and many more yet-unannounced surprises at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, June 3, at 8 p.m. ET on MTV.