The Podcast Academy tapped Larry Wilmore, Emmy-winning producer, writer, comedian, actor and podcast host, to host its third annual Awards for Excellence in Audio — a.ka. “The Ambies,” positioned as the Oscars of the podcast space
The March 7 event 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 preshow from 4:30-6 pm PT.
“As a podcaster myself, one of the beautiful things about the medium is affording insightful long-form conversations,” Wilmore said in a statement. “That and don’t always wear pants. But for my peers, I plan to wear my fancy pants as I host the Podcast Academy Awards for Excellence in Audio on March 7.”
Donald Albright, Chair of the Podcast Academy and CEO of Tenderfoot TV, commented: “Larry’s work and unique sense of humor span stage, screen and podcasting. We are fortunate to have him host this year’s Ambis. He is an icon in his own right. We can’t wait to see – and hear – what he’ll bring to the show.”
The 2023 Ambis will highlight 185 nominees in 26 categories with winners chosen by voting members of the Podcast Academy, in addition to a Governor’s Award. The names of the shortlisted candidates will be announced later this month. Eligible new members will be able to vote to determine this year’s winners if they submit applications by February 1; More information is available on the organization’s website at this link.
At the 2022 Ambis, Pineapple Street Studios’ “9/12” was named Podcast of the Year; Sam Sanders won Best Podcast Host; “Suspicious” was honored as the Best True Crime Podcast from Wanderie and Campside Media; And Rosamund Pike won Best Performer in Audio Fiction for her work on Qcode and Crooked’s “Edith!” (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 can currently be 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 week’s topics and interviewing guests from the worlds of politics, entertainment, culture, sports and beyond. He will also be seen in the Paramount+ film “Jerry and Margo Go Large” alongside Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening. He also serves as an executive producer alongside Kerry Washington on the Hulu legal drama “Reasonable Doubt” for Hulu’s Onyx Collective.
Founded in February 2020, Podcast Academy is a non-profit professional membership organization. Originally, it planned to call its awards “The Golden Mics”.