The announcement continues the comedian’s annus mirabilis in the wake of the global success of Ted.

This will be MacFarlane’s first time as host. “We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars,” show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said. “His performing skills blend perfectly with out ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh.”

“It’s truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars,” MacFarlane said. “My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don’t find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen roast.”

The ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Feb 24, 2013.