By Tom Gliatto Chris Willard Lisa Ingrassia Lesley Messer
December 01, 2008 12:00 PM

Hosting his fifth American Music Awards on ABC Nov. 23, the comedian matches Glen Campbell as the show’s most frequent emcee.

HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM HOSTING YOUR SHOW? There are thousands of people instead of a hundred, but the audience isn’t necessarily there to see you. I’m like the bus driver—I just try to get everyone to their destination safely and on time.

ANY SURPRISES IN STORE? John McCain and Barack Obama will be onstage together singing. I’m making that up, but I figure if I say it, people will watch.

AND WHAT MUSIC ARE YOU LISTENING TO LATELY? Let’s look at my most-played list. My No. 1 song is “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol; two is “Slip Slidin’ Away” by Paul Simon; three is “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper. I’m not exactly up with current hits.