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Joel McHale will host the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards, Film Independent announced Wednesday.

"We're so excited to have Joel on board as the host, and his quick wit, talent and charm makes him a perfect fit for our audiences," Dawn Hudson, executive director of Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the awards show, said in a statement.

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This will be McHale's first time hosting the Spirit Awards, which honors independent films. The Community star and Soup host has appeared in The Informant! and can be seen in next year's Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World.Nominations will be announced Nov. 30 by Eva Mendes and Jeremy Renner. The 26th annual Spirit Awards will take place Saturday, Feb. 26, and will air that night at 10/9c on IFC.