If there’s one thing recent Hollywood award shows have taught us, it’s that political preaching seems to outweigh the celebration of art in importance.
Just look at Meryl Streep’s show-stealing anti-Trump rant from the recent Golden Globes broadcast, or the way host Jimmy Fallon seemed to only have the president in his sights when telling jokes.
It wouldn’t be so bad if these hosts would start tailoring their humor for more than just the rich liberals in the room.
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It wouldn’t be so bad if these hosts would start tailoring their humor for more than just the rich liberals in the room. What about the rest of the country tuning in to see if their favorite films snag any golden statues?
With hyper-partisan Jimmy Kimmel set to host the Feb. 26 Academy Awards, it seems the ceremony will be no different. It will be bursting at the seams with jokes aimed at Trump and anyone who dared not vote for Hillary Clinton.
It’s the same old, same old. Haven’t we seen enough of it? The election of Donald Trump showed clearly that many Americans wanted more than just political change — they wanted cultural change, too, and are more than happy that someone in Washington is finally standing for the common person.
With that in mind, perhaps it’s time Hollywood start looking to comedic hosts who can take on the Left as easily as they can take on the Right. Enough of the one-note Stephen Colberts and Jimmy Fallons. Here’s a look at five right-leaning comedians who might be the hosts of the Oscars— instead of Jimmy Kimmel, who will bring nothing but the expected.
Greg Gutfeld isn’t necessarily a comedian, but he is a commentator known for his signature humor. His sharp, libertarian-leaning wit has led him to take on everything from Obama to pop culture icons like Quentin Tarantino. Starting as the host of Fox New’s edgy late-night comedy “Red Eye,” Gutfeld eventually became one of the hosts of the popular series “The Five” and now has his own weekly program, “The Greg Gutfeld Show.”
Gutfeld’s humor is laced with pop culture references, and he’s unafraid to take on liberal celebrities or political establishments. He’d bring a sharp wit with a much-needed right-leaning edge that Americans outside the bubble of Hollywood would find more than refreshing.
Dennis Miller is known as one of the greatest comedians of all time. Earning respect within the industry before coming out as a conservative after 9/11, Miller is still as funny as ever. His endless, and sometimes obscure, pop culture references lace his political tirades against everything with which he disagrees.
While not the biggest Donald Trump fan around, he’s a comedian the common person can identify with. He’s most well-known now for his humorous “Miller Time” segments on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News. In a segment reacting to election results, Miller said of Hillary Clinton, “I thought she was deplorable before deplorable was cool.” Of Obama, he was even more blunt: “He’s the guy that we hired to work the toll booth on the toll bridge and he keeps giving back the wrong change.”
Tim Allen was a longtime standup comedian before he moved to sitcoms like “Home Improvement” and successful comedy films like “Galaxy Quest.” He’s been continuing to prove his comic timing and strong voice on the long-running conservative ABC sitcom, “Last Man Standing.”
The best part about Allen — something audiences members would delight in — is his willingness to take on the hypocrisy in Hollywood. In a November episode of “The Kelly File,” Allen didn’t mince words when it came to his fellow entertainers. “What I find odd in Hollywood is that they didn’t like Trump because he was a bully,” said Allen. “But if you had any kind of inkling that you were for Trump, you got bullied for doing that. And it gets a little bit hypocritical to me.”
Ending things on a light note, Allen said, “L.A. has come up with safe spaces for people that voted for Trump. They’re in that area. They want a safe space. They’re calling it Texas.”
The comic pro who describes himself as “center right” would certainly bring a fresh cultural and political perspective to a hosting gig.
Rob Schneider has felt the wrath of the Left before, but he’s never let that silence his comedic side. The popular comic, from films like “Deuce Bigalow” and “Grown Ups,” recently came under fire from liberals when he criticized Rep. John Lewis for refusing to attend Trump’s inauguration.
Schneider has never been a staunch conservative — his humor has mostly been non-political — but he’s always been willing to take on the Left when it gets out of hand.
When talking about the Democratic Party’s war-mongering tendencies toward Russia, Schneider tweeted, “It’s true. The Russians may have rigged the election by showing that the Democrats definitely rigged the election.”
Schneider also joked, “Blaming the Russians for losing the election is like blaming the hotel room for getting caught with a prostitute.”
Schneider certainly has the comic chops to pull off emcee duties at an awards gala, and he’d be willing to target a side of the political aisle that often feels above satire.
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Norm MacDonald has spent a long time building himself a sizable audience that loves his dry humor. From his days hosting the “Weekend Update” segment on “Saturday Night Live” to his star turns in films like “Dirty Work” and Billy Madison,” MacDonald has always been a unique voice in the comedy world.
That’s why it’s no surprise his uniqueness bleeds into his politics as well. Talking to Vulture about his recent memoir, “Based on a True Story,” MacDonald expressed his dissatisfaction with the leftish agenda that’s been injected into comedy, specifically into his employer — “Saturday Night Live.”
“I don’t like agenda comedy,” said MacDonald. “Donald Trump is displayed as an idiot all the time and Hillary’s not … It shows they’re out of touch with what people think, and it’s just not fair.” He called the political imbalance in comedy today “distasteful.”
MacDonald has used his comedy to take on both sides of the political aisle. He’d be an inspired choice to host the Oscars or any other award show, and he certainly wouldn’t stick to the regular talking points. In fact, he’d probably make fun of those tired talking points — and we’d love him for it.