(And no, I’m not suggesting this just because I want to see Michael Bolton perform at the Academy Awards again.)
As you may or may not know, Andy Samberg hosted the Independent Spirit Awards last Saturday. Granted, this annual celebration of independent film isn’t nearly as formal as the Oscars – it’s held in a boho-chic tent on a beach in Santa Monica, for one thing, and this year’s ceremony seated attendees at tables overflowing with drinks provided by sponsor Jameson Irish Whiskey. The ceremony also isn’t quite on the same level as the Oscars or the Golden Globes.
Even so, Samberg’s monologue and pre-taped bits were sharp, funny, and just tasteless enough to favorably compare with Seth MacFarlane’s Oscars routine – and with a little more practice, the ex-SNL star could be groomed into a host to be reckoned with.
Check out his Spirit Awards opener below. It starts off slow (and may be a bit too insidery for some) – but you’ll want to watching at least until the 3:30 mark, when Samberg really nails a quip about one of the independent film world’s darlings. Keep going, and you’ll see Samberg complain about this year’s “lack of onscreen d–k” – a full day before “We Saw Your Boobs” was performed. Prescient!
And then there’s this very Lonely Island-esque trailer, in which Samberg successfully skewers indie flicks with the help of J.K. Simmons and Marisa Tomei:
Pretty good, right? Think Andy could have what it takes to step into Seth MacFarlane’s soft shoes?