Monday, February 27, 2017

This never happened with Ben

Anybody who reads this blog knows about my cynical attitude toward show biz awards.

So how can I resist writing about the highlarious screwing of the pooch at last night's Oscars? I just wonder if host Jimmy Kimmel, at least for a moment, wanted to crawl into a time-warp and return to the security of that little game show with Ben Stein.

I didn't see the goof live. You would have to pay me a lot of money to sit through the Oscars, which tilted the scales at nearly four hours this year. But I have seen what can only be described as the blooper reel of the meltdown.

Jimmy has always been quick with a quip, which is a valuable tool for a game show host. So he made the best of the rumpus, or at least he didn't make things worse. Calling out Steve Harvey - another member of the game show corps - was a little edgy, but a lot of viewers had probably made the connection already.

Next time they should just keep the envelopes in a mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnalls' porch. That usually worked out okay for Johnny Carson, who hosted the Oscars a few times himself.

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