Joel McHale: 10 ways I'll screw up as host of the Independent Spirit Awards

Joel-McHaleImage Credit: Kyle Christy/IFCHe scores laughs for NBC (Community) and sends up reality lowlights for E! (The Soup). Now it’s time for Joel McHale to work his raised-eyebrow magic for IFC as he hosts the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards (Saturday at 10 p.m ET/PT)  How could he possibly screw up this important gig? McHale revealed his 10 ways to EW.

1. Open the show by declaring “Welcome to the Oscars!”

2. Introduce the new President of the Independent Spirit Awards, Hosni Mubarak.

3. Replace the tinkling piano keys that alert winners when their acceptance speeches are running long with a deeply thunderous fart sound effect.

4. Recreate the classic one-armed push-up acceptance speech using a Weekends at Bernie’s-inspired pulley system on Jack Palance’s corpse.

5. Bestow a surprise Lifetime Achievement Award to Steven Seagal.

6. Unveil my documentary You Will Be Missed, Ya Know What I Mean?: A Retrospective on the Films of Jim “Ernest” Varney.

7. Jump start the show with revamped version of Naughty By Nature’s hip-hop classic:  “You Down With IFC? Yeah You Know Me!”

8. Meet Annette Bening and then turn to the man next to her and say, “And this must be the esteemed Mr. Beatty,” before realizing it’s the valet she’s handing her keys to.

9. The chimpanzee I’ve used for years as my stand-in, Mr. Crackers, will get loose in the crowd and repeatedly mount Aaron Eckhart.

10. Get a case of the giggles every time I mention Best Feature nominee Winter’s Bone.  I’m giggling right now, as my assistant types this.

In case you missed it, enjoy this promo clip of McHale prepping for the big night.

Will you be watching the Spirit Awards? Any predictions for award winners (or McHale gags)?

Read more:
Paul Rudd, Zoe Saldana, Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska to present at Indie Spirit Awards
‘Winter’s Bone,’ ‘Kids Are All Right’ top Spirit Award nominees
Joel McHale to host Spirit Awards

Comments (14 total) Add your comment
  • spence

    off kilter kind of humor. i like it.

  • rob

    Gee. When you read the insipid “top ten” list — one really hopes the Host had it written by some soon-to-be-dismissed underlings. Never found him particularly funny, or sharp, or smart. But I am sure others feel differently….but oh my…if these “comic” concepts are the best he can do, the show itself is in real grown-up trouble.

    • Tom

      I think he has charm,but he is not particularly funny. What passes today for “comedy” is truly pathetic.

  • Dave

    You mean “reality low-lifes”, right?

    • Ann

      No, lowlights, as opposed to highlights.

  • tracy bluth

    LOVE this guy. Hilarious (and hot) for years on The Soup, now fantastic on Community.

  • Skippy

    I’ve loved him for years on “The Soup” and now I love him on “Community” as well. He is VERY talented and deserves to be on the A-List!

  • Kana

    I’m happy to see more Joel McHale on my TV this week. I love The Soup and Community.

  • Flyer

    In the film promo, his send-up of “127 Hours” was brilliant!

  • Ice

    Thank God for Joel!

  • Sue1

    I know he can be funny….just not here.

  • Kaite

    I would so watch a movie about Jim Varney. Just putting that one out there

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