March 16, 2009 at 09:15 PM EDT

He cut out a hole for a you-know-what in a box, went on a boat with a nautical-themed pashmina, and talked to animals (“Say hi to your mother for me, ok?”), and now SNL‘s Andy Samberg will be hosting the 18th Annual MTV Movie Awards (airing live May 31).

Joining the ranks of previous A-listers such as Mike Meyers, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller, Will Smith, and pal Justin Timberlake, Samberg’s time on the MTV throne means that the comedian has really arrived — and is hopefully here to stay. In fact, it seems Samberg is following in the footsteps of Late Night‘s Jimmy Fallon, who during his time on Saturday Night Live, also hosted the awards and headlined in movies. (Up next, Samberg stars as Paul Rudd’s gay brother in I Love You, Man, which hits theaters Friday. Having seen it, I can tell you it’s hilarious. I highly recommend it.)

I have high hopes for the funny guy to bring back, well, the funny to the ceremony that is known for its film spoofs. I can’t wait to see what treatment Samberg gives Slumdog Millionaire; god knows there’s some new dance to “Jai Ho” that we have yet to see. What about you, PopWatchers, does this announcement have you looking forward to the MTV Movie Awards? Or can nothing do that at this point?

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