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Broadway's biggest night is fast approaching, and Broadway's biggest fan is getting extremely excited.

James Corden is set to host the 2016 Tony Awards, and he could not be more thrilled.

"To host the Tony Awards means more to me than, genuinely, any other awards show in the world," the 37-year-old Late Late Show host gushed to The Hollywood Reporter.

He may be a bit biased, having won a Tony himself in 2012, but Corden strongly believes that this ceremony is "the best awards show on TV."

"What is an award show? Usually a collection of people walking up to a stage and receiving a statue and thanking their agents—that's what we're watching!" Corden explained. "The Tony Awards? You're gonna watch 10 performances of the best shows on Broadway right now."

And this year, of course, that includes Hamilton, which now holds the record for most nominations in a year with 16.

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Corden also raised a comparison that made his excitement more relatable to some: "The amazing thing is we talk about, like, the Super Bowl, and, 'Oh, what's the halftime show gonna be?!' Like, there's 10 halftime shows in this two-hour awards show!"

You can just feel his giddiness. If this didn't make you call up your friends to plan a Tony Awards viewing party, then nothing will.

Corden appeared on Broadway in the original 2006 run of The History Boys, which won the Tony for Best Play, and he himself won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his work in 2012's One Man, Two Guvnors.

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He also admitted to THR that he had a hard time getting jobs as an actor because he wasn't your average leading-man type, but that Broadway embraced him for his talent.

"I have had the best two times working on those 10, 12, 15 blocks of New York. It is incredibly supportive and brilliant and it's buzzing with creativity," Corden mused.

He added, "Theater is the truest art form. When it's brilliant, when it's at its best, I don't think anything comes close to it.

After being named host of the 70th Annual Tony Awards in February, Corden told E! News' Marc Malkin, "If I could tell my 12-year-old self that this would be my life, his head would explode. So I feel very, very lucky to even be part of it in any way. I love Broadway and I love all the people involved with it, so I'm really looking forward to it."

Ever the jokester, James quipped, "It might be a disaster, we'll soon find out."

Highly unlikely, but waiting to see is part of what makes live theater so fun.

The 70th Annual Tony Awards will air live on CBS June 12 at 8 p.m. ET.

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