If you have ever wondered how Jack Donaghy would handle himself as the Master of Ceremonies for an NFL Awards show, all you have to do is turn on CBS this Saturday night and watch Alec Baldwin host the NFL Honors ceremony.
First, the choice of Baldwin as host of the NFL Honors show—which is where we will find out whether Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson or Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will be the MVP—is timely since 30 Rock went off the air on Thursday night.
Of course, 30 Rock was an NBC show and the NFL Honors is airing on CBS, so don't expect to find any references to that classic show whatsoever (sadly).
Yes, we have technically seen this before since Baldwin hosted the ceremony last year when Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named MVP. But to bring him back for another run is a testament to the job he does and talent he has.
It also helps that Baldwin is an avid sports fan. With a ceremony like this, you want someone who is going to get on stage and understand the audience that he is playing to.
We have all seen awards ceremonies where the hosts are selected to draw in a certain demographic. (See: Anne Hathaway and James Franco hosting the Academy Awards). More often than not those turn into train wrecks.
Baldwin has a clear sense of what the people in the crowd and watching at home want to hear from him. He is a guy who takes politics seriously, but he understands that this is not the forum to make jokes about that.
But above everything else that he can do, Baldwin is just a funny person. He has been in the entertainment industry for so long—and created a great niche for himself—that he can pull off almost anything he sets his mind to.
Some comedians just have a knack for making the most difficult tasks look easy. Baldwin is one of those people. He has such an effortless delivery, based largely on his time as Jack Donaghy and his many stints hosting Saturday Night Live, that he will make this must-see TV.
So if you need something to do, or just want to see more of Alec Baldwin telling jokes, the best thing you can do is make it a point to catch him on the NFL Honors ceremony.