chris rock has been named the host of this years oscars.
i really don't know what to make of this. the obvious question is will a black comic whose best bits are about race and uses lots of colorful language sell to middle america. it seems pretty clear to me that this is a move aimed at getting a younger demographic with an edgier comic than billy crystal.
i really think that chris rock is in a lose-lose situation. first, i really don't think he can unleash the full fury of his type of comedy on something as big as the oscars. i just don't see it happening. he's going to half to tone it down big time. look at when letterman did the hosting, he was only kind of edgy and he got ran out of la for his job hosting the oscars. on a sidenote, i still contend the "uma...oprah" bit was a little underrated. secondly and more importantly however, is that i think chris rock has already peaked. his last hbo special wasn't as good as his last one which wasn't as good as his first one. he's appeared in a slew of crappy movies since 2000 and is no longer the hot black comic. that would be dave chapelle. it amazing to think that nat x has mellowed out, but he's not nearly as angry-black-guy enough for most people's taste.
i'm actually kinda surprised that the oscars didn't go after chapelle, but then again, there's no way that his shtick would fly for a prime time network event. anyways, i guess i have no real commentary on this other than i predict a complete train wreck of a broadcast. should be entertaining though. i'm contemplating doing an eonline.com style realtime color commentary on the blog. let me hear from you if this is something you might be interested in.