“Live From New York” – it’s Ronda Rousey? Hey, it’s been done many times before over the show’s 41 seasons. Actors with a hit movie or television series to promote aren’t the only ones who take the stage. Musicians, politics and even athletes have hosted. So will Ronda Rousey kick some ass this weekend (in a good way)? Or will she fall on her ass? I’m rooting for her. With little to no acting gigs on their resumes before, some of these MVPs absolutely nail it (I’m talking to you, Peyton Manning). Others, not so much. Take note, Ronda- here’s a shortlist of hosts- some good and some bad- and a few choice sketches to go with them.
Peyton Manning (2007) – United Way
This United Way PSA shows NFL star Peyton Manning volunteering with a youth group, but he exhibits such mean-spirited behavior that he’s a terrible influence on them.
Joe Montana (1987)- Sincere Guy Stu
Dan and Leslie are on a date. They think one thing while saying another, but Dan’s roommate Stu says exactly what he’s thinking.
Michael Jordan (1991)- Bill Swerki’s Super Fans
Bob Swerski (George Wendt) hosts “Bill Swerski’s Super Fans” with Todd O’Connor (Chris Farley), Pat Arnold (Mike Myers) and Carl Wollarski (Robert Smigel). They are joined by special guest Michael Jordan.
Tom Brady (2005)- Sexual Harassment
Two men (Fred Armisen, Tom Brady) learn it’s better to be attractive than unattractive when interacting with female coworkers (Tina Fey, Amy Poehler) in this parody of classic informational public service announcements.
LeBron James (2007)- Solid Gold Dancer
If Solid Gold Dancers is something ingrained in your memory for life, then you will appreciate “The King” himself, LeBron James as he showcases some of his talents off the basketball court.