Rob Brydon to Host Britannia Awards

Rob Brydon, left, and Steve Coogan in 'The Trip to Italy'

The British comedian will provide the jokes when BAFTA Los Angeles hands out honors this fall

Rob Brydon, the British comedian and actor who is starring opposite Steve Coogan in Michael Winterbottom's current film The Trip to Italy, has again been selected to host the 2014 BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards.

The Britannia Awards are the highest honors handed out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles, which has scheduled this year's gala dinner taking place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills for Oct. 30. The ceremony will be taped by BBC America and will air during primetime on Nov. 2.

Brydon, who hosted the ceremony last year, has an extensive TV resume that includes the BAFTA-award-winning BBC America series Gavin and Stacey. In 2012, he made his West End stage debut in London in Alan Ayckbourn's A Chorus of Disapproval, directed by Trevor Nunn.

"We are honored that Rob has agreed to return to host our Britannia Awards for the second year in a row," BAFTA Los Angeles chairman Nigel Daly said. "Rob brings a perfect balance of wit and sincerity to the evening, and we know he will charm our audiences again this year, both in the ballroom and watching at home."