As Andy Samberg gets set to host the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, viewers might be thinking this will mark the “Saturday Night Live” comedian’s first appearance on the show. But not only does [movieperson id=”446132″]Samberg[/movieperson] have a long history with the Movie Awards, the show actually helped launch his career.
It all started with the 2005 Movie Awards, when Jimmy Fallon was hosting and Samberg was a writer. Fallon thought Samberg was hilarious and introduced him to “SNL” creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels. Michaels gave Samberg an audition, and he ended up joining the cast as a featured player in the fall of ’05. A couple of months later, Samberg made a name for himself with the digital short “Lazy Sunday.”
Samberg returned to the Movie Awards in 2007 to present an award and stage an elaborate bit on the live broadcast. Sarah Silverman was hosting that year, and her opening monologue stretched nearly twice as long as planned. Then “Talladega Nights” stars Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen accepted their award for Best Kiss and re-created their passionate embrace to the point where they were rolling around on the floor. By this point, the show was running so long that something had to be cut. That something was Samberg.
Things changed when Silverman heard about the planned omission. “Comedians stick together, and when Sarah found out we had to lose that moment in the show, she of course decided she was going to bring him into one of her segments,” said Salli Frattini, an executive producer of the show.
Silverman ended up introducing Samberg to the crowd and informed everyone that his segment had been cut. Samberg explained that his bit was going to involve Kevin James smacking him in the head. “It was going to be so funny!” Samberg promised.
Not missing a beat, Silverman walloped Samberg in the head, knocking him to the ground. “That is funny!” she said.
So how does Samberg feel now that he’s gone from getting a bit cut to hosting the entire show? He sees the makings of a precedent. “In general, if someone has a bit cut off the show, they should be allowed to host after that.”
Will the vampires grab more trophies than the slumdog? What was the year’s ultimate onscreen WTF moment? It’s up to you to decide the winners of the 2009 MTV Movie Awards. Vote now, and tune in on May 31 at 9 p.m. ET, when the big show airs live from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California.
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