Walking the Line

“It’s always funny until someone gets hurt. Then it’s just hilarious.” – Bill Hicks

In an attempt to be relevant and push the envelope of the Oscars, the producers tapped Family Guy and Ted creator, Seth MacFarlane to host the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday.

If you are unaware who Seth MacFarlane was before the Academy Awards, for the better part of 13 years, he has used his show to promote his particular brand of comedy that skewers stereotypes of all kinds, Asians, Irish, Jews, gays, the rich, the poor, men, women, mental retardation, handicapped, and politics.  He has built his career and amassed a rather impressive fortune (in 2008, he signed a $100-million deal with Fox) for being the kind of comedian who walks the line between humor and bad taste and the kind of comedian the Academy Awards’ producers obviously were looking for.

Billy Crystal has been good if not vanilla; David Letterman proved he is best seen behind his late night talk show desk, Ellen DeGeneres couldn’t recreate Emmy hosting magic, and Anne Hathaway/James Franco, who were brought in to attract younger viewers, failed to attract any viewers.

Not deterred by the dust storm of disaster that was the Hathaway/Franco debacle, producers remained steadfast in their plight to attract younger viewers this year which explains why MacFarlane took the stage Sunday night.  He brings with him an established and young fan base and he possesses the talent capable of keeping people at their TV’s (in 2011 his big band styled album got 2 Grammy nominations), two things the producers of the show have been desperately searching for.

The producers understood what came with a Seth MacFarlane as host. They should not have been surprised by any of the offensiveness or almost line crossing jokes that were made on Sunday.  In fact, the biggest surprise was MacFarlane never fell back on his ‘Stewie’ voice.  No matter what has spewed forth since the end of the show on Sunday, the producers could not be happier.  Sunday night the show reached over 40 million viewers*, its biggest audience in three years plus, three days later, the Internet is still buzzing with Oscar talk…..

Read the rest at Dads Round Table.

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3 responses to “Walking the Line

  1. postpostmoderndad

    You’re right, the producers got exactly what they wanted. Sadly, what they wanted (and got) wasn’t appropriate.


  2. Didn’t see it. Now I have to go to youtube and see if I can find a compilation of the best lines.


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