Friendly advice for the host of the Academy Awards
Seth MacFarlane is one hilarious guy, but will his jokes go over with the Academy Awards crowd?
We've had a mixed bag when it comes to awards-show hosts in 2013: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler killed it at the Golden Globes, while LL Cool J played it safe at the Grammys.
Now, we're on to the final host of the season: Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane for the Academy Awards.
The mastermind behind Ted is no stranger to raunchy comedy. The big question: Will he tone down his jokes for the show? He vows to make the show family friendly. Well, kind of.
"The Oscars will still be something a family in 2013 can sit down and watch and be just fine with," he told USA Today. "A family in 1955 might have some issue[s] with it. In 2013, everyone will be fine. Then again, I'm not married and I don't have kids. And my mother was saying [nasty things] out loud by the time I was 5. So maybe I'm the wrong guy to ask."
However, we should expect him to harp on celebrities like former Globes host Ricky Gervais.
"There is a certain element, even in the days when [five-time host] Johnny Carson was there, of roasting," MacFarlane added. "It's just a matter of how black the meat gets. I'm going somewhere from medium to medium-well."
Our advice for Seth
We're pulling for MacFarlane to do the (almost) impossible: entertain the audience while keeping A-lister egos in check. It's a tricky game, so we have a bit of advice for him:
- Get some help from the audience. Fey & Poehler worked so well because they played off each other — and the audience. Enlist a few celeb friends to help you with jokes from the audience. It'll break up the inevitable host-vs.-audience tension and hopefully lighten up the crowd in the process.
- Leave us wanting more. The Golden Globes was the first awards show that left us actually wanting more of the hosts. Take a page out of Fey and Poehler's playbook by keeping the monologues short, sweet and hilarious.
- Consume a little liquid courage before the show — but not too much.
- Don't be afraid of offending people. (Somehow, we don't think he'll have a problem with this one.)
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