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09.25.08 19 Comments

Here’s video of Ricky Gervais at the Emmys.  He starts off pretty funny, then claims he’s going off script and does a bit that takes way too long and was clearly pre-planned.  Not his best work, but Ricky Gervais could paint a house and still be funnier than the seals they had hosting.  Now people are saying he should host the Oscars.

Shortly after Gervais jokingly scolded Steve Carell for stealing the Emmy he won last year for Extras, his reps were besieged with inquiries about his availability and were urged to book a meeting with Academy Awards organizers, stat. “The buzz around town is that Ricky should host the Oscars,” says one source close to the star.

I think he’d be good, but the whole “smart and funny” thing is a little played out, isn’t it?  The Oscars is usually so predictable, what they really need is someone like Gary Busey to host.  He’d bring cute little kids up on stage then abruptly turn on them blaming them for his life’s failures, harangue the audience for 20 minutes on end then forget what he was talking about, get in heated political discussions with the teleprompter, sneak up behind presenters in full costume, demand to jam with the orchestra, read “bible verses” from restaurant takeout menus, demostrate the proper way to skin a lizard – seriously, he’s perfect.  Someone start a petition.

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