Chatsworth, Calif. — AVN Media Network is pleased to announce comedian Dave Attell as a host of the 2012 AVN Awards. Attell previously hosted the show in 2010.

For more information on the 2012 AVN Awards, visit www.AVNAwards.com.

Qualified media interested in obtaining credentials for the AVN Awards’ Red Carpet may email Press@avnawards.com.

Attell will share the stage with co-hosts Bree Olson and Sunny Leone at the 29th gala ceremony, which takes place Jan. 21, 2012 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The Joint is a sleek and upscale, 4,000-seat showroom with the reputation as one of the most sophisticated and authentic venues in Las Vegas.

“I am so happy to be back hosting the AVN Awards,” Attell said. “It’s gonna be a wild show!”

Known as a comic’s comic, Attell currently hosts his own late-night cable series, Dave’s Old Porn, which he describes as a Mystery Science Theater 3000-style send-up/celebration of adult cinema from the Golden Age era of the late ’70s and early ’80s.

In promotion of his new show, Attell is working the late night and talk show circuit. After hysterical appearances recently on Chelsea Lately and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Attell was on Last Call with Carson Daly last night, November 8. On November 9, Attel will be featured on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Attell’s podcast appearances include popular shows by comedian Bill Burr and Joe Rogan.

One of the most popular stand-up comedians in the country, Attell has appeared on a plethora of TV shows including his own series Insomniac with Dave Attell and The Gong Show with Dave Attell.

Created in 2001, Insomniac was a travelogue show in which Attell went from city to city looking for late-night fun. The New York Times called the show, “a doubly rare beast, a comedy show without rancor and a travel show about the virtues of the American underdog.”

“We’re excited to have Dave Attell return to host the 2012 AVN Awards. He did a great job in 2010 and is a natural fit for the adult entertainment industry’s biggest night,” said AVN CEO Theo Sapoutzis.

Attell also has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Arrested Development, Ed, his own half-hour, stand-up special Comedy Central Presents Dave Attell, and the HBO comedy special, Captain Miserable.

Attell also has appeared on the big screen in Los Enchiladas!, The Office Party, Pootie Tang, My Suicidal Sweetheart, Abby Singer, Scary Movie 4 and Harold. He’s done voiceover work for the video game Outlaw Golf 2 and Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo.

Tickets to the gala red carpet event are also available for fans to purchase through AVNAwards.com. Industry members receive reserved seating. More information about reserved seating may be obtained by emailing Bonnie LeBlanc at tickets@avnawards.com.

Studios or groups wishing to purchase a table at the show should also email LeBlanc.

Now in its 29th year, the AVN Awards show is the adult industry’s biggest night, while the awards themselves are the industry’s highest honor. With a stylish red carpet pre-show and lavish star-studded ceremony, AVN celebrates outstanding achievements in the world of adult entertainment.

Dubbed “the Oscars of adult” by Entertainment Weekly, the AVN Awards is a must-attend, must-see event featuring the hottest stars from adult and mainstream pop culture.

The AVN Awards will take place after the annual Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE). AEE runs January 18 – 21, also in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. In 2012, AEE includes traditional exhibits, meeting rooms, exhibit suites, more networking events, more parties, more product demos and more educational components.