It's been announced that Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson will host the 2022 Emmy Awards.

The US comedian said the prospect of hosting duties were "ridiculously exciting" ahead of the annual event next month.

The 74th Emmy Awards will take place on Monday September 12 on US network NBC.

Those of a certain age will recall him as one half of Kenan and Kel, the Nickelodeon sitcom back in the 1990s that co-starred Kel Mitchell. They also starred together in the film Good Burger.

Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson

"Being a part of this incredible evening where we honor the best of the television community is ridiculously exciting, and to do it on NBC, my longtime network family, makes it even more special," Thompson said in a statement shared with US media outlets.

"Like all TV fans, I can't wait to see the stars from my favourite shows."

Colin Firth and Jodie Comer are among those tipped for top awards at the ceremony, which recognises the best in television excellence, and is hosted by the US Television Academy.

Brit award-winner Adele also picked up a nomination in the outstanding variety special (pre-recorded) category for her One Night Only show, offering her another chance at edging closer to the coveted EGOT status.