Jimmy Fallon’s ultra popular Tonight Show sketch “Lip Sync Battle” is about to become its own show entirely, formatted as a competition series for Spike TV. While Lip Sync Battle originators Stephen Merchant, John Krasinski and Fallon have all signed on to produce and “perform” on the show, LL Cool J has been announced as the show’s host.
The competition begins on April 2nd, and will film this month in New York. LL will serve as producer on the show.
“Like the rest of the world, I’m a big fan of these battles, but this show is going to bring it to a whole new level,” LL Cool J said in a press release. “I’m thrilled to be working with Jimmy Fallon, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant and the entire team to host the show and can’t wait for the fans at home to join in!”
“Lip sync battling is one of the coolest things happening in pop culture right now and already has a huge fan base thanks to the amazing talent involved,” Viacom Entertainment Group exec Casey Patterson said in a statement when the series was first announced. Saturday Night Live vet Beth McCarthy-Miller will direct Lip-Sync Battle.