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Comedian, car enthusiast, and TV host Jay Leno will be on the international stage when he hosts the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Concert, the first to be live-streamed on YouTube.

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Jay Leno – Photo by Michael Albov (CC BY 2.0)

The concert for the most prestigious award in the world is getting a funny guy as an emcee this year.

Jay Leno, formerly of The Tonight Show and currently of the recently-premiered Jay Leno’s Garage, will serve as the host of the 22nd Annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert.

Said Leno (jokingly) about the honor:

“There’s nothing more exciting than being awakened in the middle of the night by people with Norwegian accents who tell you that you’ve been chosen to host the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. It is truly an honor, and I will do my best not to embarrass myself and my country. Plus I can’t wait to leave 80 degree weather in Los Angeles and go to Oslo, Norway in the middle of winter.”

And Olav Njølstad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, stated:

“We’re thrilled to have Mr. Leno join us in Oslo for this indelible celebration of peace. We are deeply committed to fostering a true sense of global community, and as such, it promises to be an entertaining evening of shared tribute, honor and humor.”

The Nobel Peace Prize Concert will take place at a new venue — the Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway — on Friday, 11 December 2015, the day after the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony is held at Oslo City Hall.

The musical celebration will honor the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its “decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.” The award is given annually to an individual or organization whose work exemplifies a spirit of hope and leadership that will help promote peace in the world.

The Concert is presented by Nobel Peace Prize Research & Information, produced by Warner Bros. in cooperation with Gyro, the Norwegian communication company, and broadcast to an international audience in more than 100 countries.

And this year, the Nobel Institute has also partnered with YouTube to expand the global reach of the Concert, marking the first time the Concert will be live-streamed on the ubiquitous video streaming service for fans around the world to enjoy. The online audience will be able to watch performances in real time, from wherever they are, and on any internet-connected device.

Additional artists who will be performing at the Concert will be announced soon.

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Nobel Peace Prize Concert: Jay Leno to Host, YouTube to Stream Live
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