SNL’s Samberg named Discovery’s first ‘Chief Shark Officer’

Saturday Night Live cast member and comedian Andy Samberg will host Discovery Channel's 24th Shark Week programming event.
April 25, 2011

Saturday Night Live cast member and comedian Andy Samberg will host Discovery Channel’s 24th Shark Week programming event, with the title of ‘Chief Shark Officer.’

Samberg will film on-air wraps for the weeklong event and host a Shark Week special.  Discovery Channel teases that he might take the plunge and dive with the apex predators.

Shark Week [is] about being scared out of your swim trunks but it’s also about being entertained and learning something new.  Andy Samberg, an incredibly talented comedian and innovator, is the perfect person to bring those elements together and represent Discovery for our biggest week of the year,” said Discovery Channel president and GM Clark Bunting, in a release.

Samberg added, “I’m overjoyed about being appointed CSO.  Everyone loves Shark Week.  It’s the Bill Cosby of week-long television blocks dedicated to sea animals.”

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