“Award shows can feel really tense with a lot of nervous [nominees],” this year’s Emmy Awards host says in the latest issue of PEOPLE. “As the show goes on, there are more and more people in the audience who didn’t win.”
To combat the potentially dour mood of the crowd, Samberg, 37, says he plans to “keep it light, silly and fun” when he hosts TV’s biggest night.
The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star says he holds Golden Globes hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey as the current “standard” for award-show hosts, but he admits they may have had it a bit easier since their venue allowed alcohol in the audience.
“For a show that has the running time of the Emmys, you’d think they’d give people drinks. Although, that’s enough time for people to get really hammered. So, in a way, it could be a blessing that they don’t. There could be fights,” he says. “Maybe I’ll see about piping oxygen into the room like they do at casinos.”
For more from Samberg – and all things Emmy Awards 2015 – pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now
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The 2015 Emmy Awards air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Fox.