Comedian and actor Maz Jobrani is officially ON FIRE! On the heels of his well-received Netflix premiere (‘Immigrant’), The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced that Jobrani will host the International Emmy Awards Gala.
“Maz Jobrani has been entertaining American and international audiences by using comedy to address prejudice and stereotypes around the world,” said Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in making the host announcement. “We look forward to having his unique brand of humor headlining our awards on November 20.”
Jobrani responded to the honor with his trademark humor, “I’m super excited to host the International Emmys. Although given our new immigration laws I’m not sure how many nominees will actually make it.”
Over 1000 international media and entertainment executives convene in New York each year for the Gala. In addition to the presentation of Emmy Awards for programming, the Academy will present two special awards: As previously announced two-time Academy Award winning actor and producer Kevin Spacey will receive the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award and Emilio Azcárraga Jean, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Grupo Televisa will receive the 2017 International Emmy Directorate Award.
The International Emmy Awards Gala will be taking place November 20th in New York.