AVN announced Wednesday that comedian Dave Attell will co-host the AVN Awards Show on Jan. 9 in Las Vegas.
Attell, named one of “The 25 Funniest People in America” by Entertainment Weekly magazine, will share the hosting duties with adult stars Kirsten Price and Kayden Kross at the 27th annual ceremony at the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino Resort.
"It’s an honor and privilege to co-host the AVN Awards,” Attell said. “It’s going to be a wild night and I can promise you one thing...If Kanye walks on stage, it’s only to bring the lube."
Attell is known for his adult-themed material, earning him a reputation throughout the entertainment industry as “a comic’s comic.” He recently traveled to Iraq as part of a USO Tour and has made numerous appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O'Brien,” “The Howard Stern Show,” “Later with Carson Daly” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
He also appeared in Chris Rock’s cult film Pootie Tang. Some of his other television credits include FOX's "Arrested Development," NBC's "Ed," HBO, Comedy Central’s "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn" and his own half-hour, stand-up special "Comedy Central Presents Dave Attell.”
AVN founder Paul Fishbein remarked, “Dave is one of my favorite comedians. We wanted him to host our show for some time now and we’re thrilled that he’s coming to the Palms with us this year. His style of comedy is tailor-made for the AVN Awards.”
In 2001, Attell created and hosted the hit series, "Insomniac with Dave Attell" for Comedy Central. A travelogue show in which Attell went from city to city looking for late-night fun, The New York Times called the show, "a doubly rare beast, a comedy show without rancor and a travel show about the virtues of the American underdog." To Attell, the Insomniac show was more of a cross between “Girls Gone Wild” and “Cops.” He taped four seasons of Insomniac, and then shot several hour-long Insomniac specials overseas in Japan, Germany, England and Brazil.
Once back in the States, Attell completed a 35-city theatre tour ending in Vegas, where he hosted a two-hour special for Comedy Central featuring Sean Rouse, Greg Geraldo and Dane Cook, a few of the most highly regarded comics in the country.
When he is not on the road, Attell makes regular appearances at the Comedy Cellar in New York City.
The AVN Awards Show highlights an adult industry weekend in Las Vegas that kicks off with the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo Jan. 7-10 at the Sands Expo Center at the Venetian Hotel & Casino.