• The Case for Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland from Oh, Hello To Host the Oscars (No, Seriously.)

    The hunt for a new Oscars host is back on and, apparently, no one in Hollywood wants the gig. For a hot second, it seemed as though Kevin Hart would host the awards ceremony until negative backlash erupted over past tweets featuring homophobic slurs. Now the hunt has resumed and, over the weekend, the Twitter account for Oh, Hello has been claiming that Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland (played by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, respectively) are hosting the Oscars.

    The account tweeted, “We were asked to host the Oscars and we have accepted. We are hosting the Oscars.”

    It’s been a great running gag the last few days, but here’s the thing: Gil and George really should host! Let’s think about the most successful awards hosts in recent memory: they are almost always funny individuals with improv backgrounds. Think Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes. A unique comedic mind that is capable of adapting on the fly is essential for the Oscars stage. Otherwise, the Academy runs the risk of landing another stilted, awkward performance like the year Anne Hathaway and James Franco hosted. Yikes.

    Yes, actors are capable of memorizing lines, but they lack the comfortable versatility of comedians, especially a pair like Kroll and Mulaney who just hosted the Independent Spirit Awards earlier this year to rave reviews. The 11+ minute opening was shared by the Film Independent on YouTube, and currently has over 790,000 views.

    The Oscars recently made a big push to diversify its voting pool, and that included inviting younger actors to The Academy. Mulaney and Kroll would attract younger viewers to the ceremony, especially following their respective successes in the form of Mulaney’s Netflix special Kid Gorgeous as well as Mulaney and Kroll’s hit animated series Big Mouth (which was just renewed for a third season). These guys are hot and the Oscars would be dumb to ignore that momentum.

    Would the appearance of octogenarian characters millions of Americans are unfamiliar with confuse the hell out of some people? Sure! But at least it wouldn’t be the same thing we’ve seen a thousand times from the Academy Awards: a parody song about the nominated movies complete with back-up dancers, awkward banter with actors in the audience, and weepy acceptance speeches. At least Gil and George would shake things up. Can you imagine the two barking orders from the stage to their potentially non-existent intern Ravi?

    Gil and George should host the Oscars. But if they can’t make it, we’ll take Mulaney and Kroll in a pinch.

    Allison Kilkenny

    Allison Kilkenny is a writer and performer living in NYC. She is a contributor at Reductress, a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and the host of the political-comedy podcast Light Treason News (lighttreason.news)

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