By April Daley
Updated April 19, 2012 at 05:35 PM EDT
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Former Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle is taking his comedic chops to the big stage. The actor-comedian has signed on as the host of the 2012 ESPY Awards this summer. The ceremony, televised live on ESPN/ESPNHD from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, celebrates and recaps some of the best and funniest sports moments throughout the entire year.

Riggle joins a star-studded team of ESPY hosts including Lance Armstrong, Samuel Jackson Justin Timberlake and Seth Meyers, who will all make guest appearances in honor of the ceremony’s 20th anniversary.

But the Kansas-native’s funny side isn’t the only reason he was tapped to host this year’s life anything goes program. ESPY executive producer Maura Mandt says Riggle’s passion for his home state’s sports team also played a role.

“We always strive for The ESPYS to represent the voice of the fan so we chose Rob to host this year’s show because his love and knowledge of sports combined with his sharp wit and creativity will set a tone for the show that will resonate with our viewers,” Mandt said.

Riggle thinks he was called up to the big leagues for a different reason. “Straight up sex appeal,” he said in a release. “I know guys like Justin Timberlake and Seth Meyers are sexy. What can I say, I’m just another link in that sexy chain.”

The 20th annual ESPY Awards air July 11th at 9 pm. ET.

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