I have to say, I often wonder why people accept the role of hosting the Emmys. Or any awards show for that matter. It seems like any and all opinions of the broadcast as a whole will land squarely on the shoulders of the host. So I have the utmost respect for anyone who consents to take the job on, because it can definitely be a morale killer.
As an Andy Samberg fan, I was concerned at his willingness to take on this thankless job. Historically, it seems as though former hosts of Saturday Night Live do a pretty decent job with their hosting duties. They understand the pace of a live show, they know how to work a live crowd, they combine just enough humor with just enough bite. I was optimistic.
He called on some of his SNL pals to help him with bits, he used his talent with produced videos (ala SNL’s Digital Shorts) to help move the show along, and generally he kept the show on time (I mean, for the first time in recorded history, I’m sure, the show ended at 10:00 on. the. dot. I can’t complain about that). Overall, he did a fine job. And that’s good.
In fact, I think that’s perfect. Being unremarkable is actually a badge of a good award show host. Not pulling too much of the focus from the awards, keeping the audience entertained, we don’t really want them to be great, do we? We want them to be good enough. We want them to be fine. Because after all, the real show is about the winners and their speeches. It’s about the gowns, it’s about the hair and make-up, it’s about the presenters, it’s not about the host.
So, Andy Samberg did an excellent job at being okay. And that is a good thing.0