Last night was the first Country Music Awards I’ve watched in years—and it made me wish that I had tuned in for the past three years where Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley hosted!
This was their fourth year, and they did a pretty bang-up job. Unlike the Oscars or other shows where an unfunny monologue drags on painfully, the eight minutes flew by. Probably because they skewered people gleefully and never too nastily, and didn’t leave country music out of it. They started off the night’s Barbie-doll-lookalike gags with Brad and Carrie’s delightful gift-giving of Faith Hill and Tim McGraw dolls.
Their three-person duet with Modern Family‘s Eric Stonestreet where they mock Kim Kardashian‘s short-lived marriage, titled “I’m Gonna Love You Forever, For 72 Days Amen,” was genius. And they were willing to turn the humor around on themselves: They make fun of Hank Williams, Jr. for the controversial comments he made on Fox and Friends, where he compared President Obama to Hitler. Some sample lyrics:
People want to know, Hank, why do you drink (before an interview!)
Why do you smoke (before an interview!)
Football ain’t the same
Without that song that you wrote
Stop and think it over
Let me help you get the picture
You can drunk and start carrying on
But you can’t compare the president to Hitler
I’m gonna say it now—can these guys take over for Eddie Murphy and host the Oscars? They know enough about celebrity scandals to keep up with jokes, and the Academy could use some fresh blood.