W hile MTV is no longer the vanguard of youth culture, the channel went on long to keep its annual flagship event, the Video Music Awards, reflective and submissive to young audiences. Which made it so upsetting when they announced that this year's ceremony, broadcast last Monday, will host standup comedian Sebastian Maniscalco.
Although Maniscalco's rise to fame over the past year has made him perhaps the biggest name in comedy at the moment, he is also Gen-Xer, whose material is directed directly to members of his generation and his parental generation, which makes him a strange choice to focus a show aimed at teens and tweens around. (At the age of millennium, I had never heard of him a few months ago when my father suggested I check him out.)
No surprise, it didn't go well. The disconnect between the host and the audience was painfully evident in the first few seconds of the opening of Maniscalco's monologue, it began with a banal joke about his mother's Italian cooking. From here, things got worse after the comedian stopped on his lines and blocked his block before delivering a shameful lecture leveled at the youth by the audience. It hits the standard points that every two-bit reactionary makes: safe spaces for it, triggers warnings about it, trophies for participation, etc.
While online backlash is depressingly predictable – those who commit a crime by the term, they are too easily offended playing right in the hands of Maniscalco – that didn't make his performance look better, and his turn as emcee would surely went down as one of the worst in recent memories. But Maniscalco may at least feel confident that when it comes to hosting performances, it's hardly the first person to charge it.
Joanna Lumley, 72nd nd Baftas (2019)
Last Monday, it looked as if Joanna Lumley was out to use awards showing languages, shoes for the worst Emcee of the year . While last February BAFTA did not provoke any cultural outrage, her jokes – including one that Steve Coogan got her in a dress and Spike Lee's BlakKklansman won Best Picture at the Film Festival The Clan, ”they were met with even more hostile silence than Maniscalco.
Kevin Spacey, 71 v. Tony Awards (2017)
It's not just the back obstacles that make the infamous actor Kevin Spacey host the Tonis for 2017 so regrettable. Even at that time – five short months before numerous sexual assault allegations – Spacey was angered by his vague performance, which included poor performances by Johnny Carson, Bill Clinton, Bobby Darin (who you would think Spacey would be too embarrassed to play again after his devastating 2004 biography of the singer) and his own Cards hero, Frank Underwood.
Steve Harvey, 64th Miss Universe Pageant (2015)
Steve Harvey, naming the wrong winner during the end of 2015. The Miss Universe contest was immediately recognized as " the worst mistake in the history of the television awards show, which is still there. Even the best model picture at the 2017 Academy Awards couldn't be compared to the devastation that comedian / host of game and dating tips inflicted on Colombia and eventual runner-up Ariadne Ariadne who saw her dream come true. , only to be ripped out a few minutes later.
James Franco and Ann Hathaway, 83 rd Academy Awards (2011)
Ann Hathaway and James Franco's decision to work as a team host for the Oscars in 2011 was a rough attempt to appeal to a younger audience. However, no one considered how accidental the pairing was, nor did they recognize that both actors were so much in the public eye at the time that they were experiencing a strong backlash (although the backlash seemed odd compared to this) which is in Franco's store). Still, it may not be so bad if Hathaway and Franco show some trace of chemistry or at least carry the same level of commitment to their roles, but neither has happened.
Hathaway saturates through the material with a maniacal pace, while Franco retires as detached at best, neglectful at worst (you would think it would be impossible for a man dressed as Marilyn Monroe to come off as complacent , but credit where due found a way)  Since then, they have acknowledged what a mistake it is to do all the work in ways that continue to reflect their different attitudes (as well as double industry standards): Franco shrugged all night while Hathaway continues to eat crows.
Norm McDonald's, the 6th ESPY Annual Awards (1998)
Let's get out of this: describing Norm McDonald's hosting the 6th ESPY's annual awards as a disaster is not the same as saying it did a bad job. There's a reason the footage of the Canadian comedian's introductory monologue – in which he made relentlessly colorful jokes about Hideki Irabu, Charles Barkley and, of course, OJ Simpson – has become such a cult favorite: as funny as it is brutal.
When the camera goes to the public, the look on the faces of Ken Griffith, Jr. and Charles Woodson, among other things, does not convey annoyance or resentment, but cold rage and extreme disdain (the only reception more hostile than when Norma was fulfilled at a White House correspondent dinner the previous year)
Yes, it is a disaster, yes, but at least it's a glorious disaster.
David Letterman, 67 th Academy Awards (1995)
The scandalous opening monologue for David Letterman's 1995 Academy Awards does not initially seem worthy of shame – the first minutes of the jokes are completely forgettable and offensive.
However, as the program progresses, Letterma n continues to return to the annoying joke about how the names of Oprah Winfrey and Uma Thurman are phonetically similar. It is not a little intended to attract the patience of the audience, it really just cannot release it.
It is no use for the rest of his 11-minute monologue to be filled with jokes that would not have gone through a compilation with Leno, and by the time he finishes things it is quite obvious why this year the Oscars are viewed with so neglected.
Chevy Chase, The 60's Academy Awards (1988)
Chevy Chase is almost as famous for burning bridges as it is for some of its major roles in film and television. That's because he first exploded in the late '70s, so it should come as no surprise that he brought his notorious antagonism to his duties as an Oscar host in 1988 (though to be fair, he hosted the year before and did well enough to be invited back.]
Chase walks out the door swinging, greeting everyone, announcing "Good evening, Hollywood fakes!" could make for great fun, or at least a refreshing and honest change for them but, unfortunately, the rest of his monologue was discovered with embarrassing jokes (something he attributes to the writers' strike happening simultaneously), fast delivery, and dare I say false excitement from this annual harvest
It's a wonder someone thought that Chase was the right man for the job at the time, and no wonder he was never brought back.
Jerry Lewis, Academy Award 31 (1959 )
Talking about the definitive benefits suffered at the Ac Ademy Awards at the time Jerry Lewis was home in for the last time in 1959 (along with five other co-hosts), he had already done so on two prior occasions. But none of his experiences prepared him for the calamity that awaited him that night. Producer Jerry Wald went on to cut segments to optimize the show, which resulted in a huge mix: the best winner in the picture was announced with 20 minutes of airtime (imagine – an Oscar ceremony held short …
Lewis had to improvise for the remaining one-third of an hour, his decision to bring several dozen winners and nominees to the giant waltz stage as he took turns directing the orchestra in the broadcast of "No Business Like Show Business" and crack jokes at cameras Some of his cracks got a legitimate laugh, but looking at the footage, you can tell how maniacal and desperate he is and how deeply uncomfortable the people on stage are.
It's unfair to blame Lewis for any of this – if anything, he she has to brag about saving the broadcast as much as possible, yet it remains one of the biggest disasters in awards shows history, and the rubbery funny guy was the face of it. In fact, there is no business like show business.