August 08, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

If you’re funny and you’re on TV, you’re hosting the Emmys this year. So it seems, given the announcement Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and Fox, which is airing the 55th annual Emmys on Sept. 21. Instead of a single host, there will be several, including the last three Emmy emcees — Garry Shandling (2000), Ellen DeGeneres (2001) and Conan O’Brien (2002) — as well as a gaggle of other gagsters, including Brad Garrett (”Everybody Loves Raymond”), Darrell Hammond (”Saturday Night Live”), George Lopez, Martin Short, Wanda Sykes (”Wanda at Large”), and Jon Stewart.

More hosts will be named in the coming weeks. ”We’ve searched high and low to find the funniest people in California who are not running for governor,” ATAS chairman Bryce Zabel told the Hollywood Reporter. ”It was a challenge, but this all-star comedy team promises to make America laugh without asking for a campaign contribution.” Heh heh, Bryce. Maybe you should be a host, too.

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