The MTV Video Music Awards are going in a different direction in 2019. The ceremony will be held for the very first time at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and selected as the host for the telecast is comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, who will be the first stand-up comic to emcee the festivities since Kevin Hart in 2012. How do you think he’ll do on the VMAs stage?
“We’re thrilled to have the incredibly talented Sebastian Maniscalco as this year’s VMA host,” said VMAs executive producer Bruce Gillmer, who is also the global head of music and talent for Viacom and co-brand head for MTV International. “Sebastian is on fire right now and his comedic spin on relatable topics will make this year’s show truly unforgettable.”
Maniscalco was named Comedian of the Year by Billboard in 2018 and one of the highest paid comedians by Forbes. He has performed sold out shows at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. He also wrote the 2018 memoir “Stay Hungry,” which was accompanied by a tour and a Netflix special that premiered on the streaming service in January. It’s now on the Emmy ballot as a contender for Best Variety Special (Pre-Recorded).
He’s also an actor, having recently appeared in the Oscar-winning film “Green Book.” Later this year he’ll be seen in Martin Scorsese‘s new Netflix drama “The Irishman” as real-life gangster Joseph “Crazy Joe” Gallo. If that wasn’t enough, he’s also on the road this year with his latest tour, “You Bother Me,” through November. And on top of all that, now he’ll find the time to fete the year’s biggest music videos when the VMAs are held on August 26.