The people have spoken, and they are ready for a new Golden Globes host. Or at least, a different old host. Ricky Gervais, who returned after a three-year hiatus to host his fourth ceremony Sunday night, not only reverted to his old bag of tricks—lambasting Hollywood’s “disgusting, pill-popping, sexual deviant scum” and launching caustic insults at an unlucky few—he didn’t even do it to great effect. TIME’s TV critic Daniel D’Addario summed it up thusly: “It wasn’t offensive, which is what he wanted it to be. It was just a bore.”
Deadline reported that Gervais said, at an after-party, he’d already been asked back to host the Globes in 2017. But as long as no contracts have been signed and no final decision made, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association would do well to consider these alternatives.
Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer
The best-friendship that blossomed, in 2015, between comedy it-girl Schumer and Hollywood it-girl Lawrence, complete with Jet Ski adventures and collaboration on a screenplay, is as close as the HFPA could get to being in touch with pop culture. Not only are both women funny, but their close friendship allows them to play off each other in a way that’s reminiscent of two much beloved hosts of Golden Globes past.
Eva Longoria and America Ferrera
This bright idea struck during last night’s show, when Longoria and Ferrera, who headline the new NBC shows Telenovela and Superstore, respectively, pulled off a lighthearted but cutting bit about Hollywood’s propensity to refer to Latina actresses as interchangeable. What more does a Golden Globes host require beyond an ability to upbraid Hollywood without alienating it?
The cast of the new Ghostbusters movie
Four hosts may be too many. And the collective star power of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones may be too much for one stage. But just think about it. Ghostbusters Director Paul Feig cast these actresses because they are among the funniest people in comedy and because he believed in their potential for blistering onscreen chemistry. If anything could restore the night to the boozy fun it once was, it’s this comedic dream team.
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele
Despite the fact that they are collaborating on two movies and a new TV show, the comedy duo has been sorely missed by fans since the fifth and final season of Key and Peele aired in 2015. Adding a hosting collaboration to their repertoire would not only be welcomed by their ever-expanding fanbase, but it would satisfy those who have enjoyed Gervais’ mockery of Hollywood but seek a fresh way of doing it. Tackling serious issues—from police racism to education—with an approach that makes viewers simultaneously laugh and wince from the hard truths behind the laugh is one of Key and Peele’s greatest talents.
She may only be in her mid-twenties, but Williams is used to being the youngest in the room. She was the youngest correspondent on The Daily Show, a gig she nailed so well that many hoped she’d be in the running to replace Jon Stewart when he stepped down in 2015 (Williams herself said she felt underqualified to fill that seat). Between her comedy cred with the Upright Citizens Brigade, proving her chops as an actress on Girls and the recent indie film People Places Things and her satirical brand of political humor, Williams would be a welcome replacement for the old guard.
Notaro might not share the widespread fame of other contenders, but the comedian’s star is on the rise, between her viral 2012 stand-up set, a recent HBO special and a semi-autobiographical comedy she created for Amazon. Her deadpan, low-key sense of humor would be a change of pace for the Globes, but it might serve as a nice counterbalance to the frenetic energy brought by many of the night’s stars and nominees. She also penned a list of reasons why she should host the Oscars, which may have been a joke, but we’re more than down to take it seriously.
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey
They may be done with the Golden Globes, but the Golden Globes doesn’t need to be done with them. Fey said last year that despite the fun they’d had, she and Poehler were ready to move on. But, as Gervais’ return last night proved, an ending can turn out to be nothing more than a brief hiatus. As James Poniewozik described them after their hosting gig in 2013, Poehler and Fey were “hilarious without overshadowing the show, pointed without being mean-spirited and surprising without trying too hard.” It’s a recipe which can only be repeated by its very creators themselves.
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