The Podcast Academy tapped Emmy-winning producer, writer, comedian, actor and podcast host Larry Wilmore to host its third annual Excellence in Audio Awards – a.ka. “The Ambies”, positioned as the Oscars of the podcast space.

    The March 7 ceremony will be streamed live on Twitch from the International Theater in Las Vegas from 6-7:30 p.m. PT. Additionally, Twitch will host a live pre-show from 4:30-6:00 PM PT.

    “As a podcaster myself, one of the beautiful things about the medium is having the opportunity to have deep and insightful conversations,” Wilmore said in a statement. “That and not always having to wear pants. But for my peers, I plan to wear my fanciest pants as host of the Podcast Academy Audio Excellence Awards on March 7th.

    Donald Albright, President of the Podcast Academy and CEO of Tenderfoot TV, commented, “Larry’s prolific body of work and unique humor spans stage, screen and podcasting. To say we’re lucky to have him host the Ambies this year is an understatement. It is an icon in its own right. We can’t wait to see – and hear – what he brings to the ceremony.

    The 2023 Ambies will highlight 185 nominees in 26 categories with winners to be selected by voting members of the Podcast Academy, in addition to a Governor’s Award. The nominees are expected to be announced later this month. Eligible new members will be able to vote to determine this year’s winners if they submit their entry by February 1; more information is available on the organization’s website at this link.

    At Ambies 2022, “9/12” by Pineapple Street Studios was named Podcast of the Year; Sam Sanders won Best Podcast Host; Wondery and Campside Media’s “Suspect” was honored as Best True Crime Podcast; and Rosamund Pike won Best Audio Fiction Performer for her work on QCode and “Edith!” by Crooked. (See the full list of winners and nominees at this link.)

    Wilmore is perhaps best known for his role as host of Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore,” which debuted in January 2015 and ran for nearly two years.

    Wilmore is currently heard as the host of “Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air” on Spotify’s Ringer Podcast Network. The show features Wilmore weighing in on the issues of the week and interviewing guests from the worlds of politics, entertainment, culture, sports and beyond. He can also be seen in the Paramount+ movie “Jerry and Margo Go Large,” alongside Bryan Cranston and Annette Benning. He is also an executive producer alongside Kerry Washington for the Hulu legal drama “Reasonable Doubt” for Hulu’s Onyx Collective.

    Founded in February 2020, the Podcast Academy is a non-profit professional organization. Originally, he planned to call his awards “The Golden Mics”.

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