"It's truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars," Seth MacFarlane said in a statement Monday morning. "My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don't find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen Roast."
MacFarlane, creator of TV's irreverent animated show "Family Guy" and writer-director of the hit movie "Ted," indeed hosted the Sheen roast. Click here if you want to watch it, though, like the evening's honoree, most of the jokes passed their expiration date long ago.
We're guessing that this year's Oscar telecast producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, caught MacFarlane's act that night as well as the occasions he presided over Comedy Central roasts for Donald Trump and David Hasselhoff. But we'd also imagine these two Broadway vets saw MacFarlane's capable hosting of the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" two weeks ago.
If this was MacFarlane's Oscar audition, he passed with flying colors. The opening monologue, which, let's face it, is how awards-show hosts are remembered, was fast and funny, mixing MacFarlane's gift for vocal mimicry (loved the Marty McFly!) and easy-on-the-ears crooning. Later, during the "Weekend Update" segment, MacFarlane perfectly parodied Olympic swimmer and white jeans endorser Ryan Lochte.