January 12th, 2012
03:12 PM ET
After hosting the People’s Choice Awards for five years in a row, Queen Latifah passed the proverbial baton on Wednesday night to “Big Bang Theory” actress Kaley Cuoco.
Cuoco immediately garnered laughs as her “BBT” character Penny in a pre-recorded sketch. She later took the stage, using special effects, self-deprecating humor and costume changes to wow viewers. But did she succeed?
The envelope says… yes.
The actress might not have won favorite TV comedy actress – “Glee’s” Lea Michele swiped the award – but she certainly didn’t win worst awards show host either.
Most of the criticism floating around the web is aimed at the show, not it’s host: “Last night’s People’s Choice Awards was a pretty sub-par trophy-distributing affair, complete with gags that fell painfully flat, a game host trying in vain to rise above schlocky material,” The Washington Post states.
The report also questioned Cuoco’s introduction of Rob Schneider and Cheech Marin: “I don’t care what anyone says, these next two guys are funny.” Intentional or not, some reports are referring to the intro as a backhanded compliment. Entertainment Weekly called the line the night “best unintentional diss” of the night.
But as a whole, the show went off without a hitch, thanks to Cuoco’s plans for a foolproof show.
She said she brought the live studio audience from “BBT” along, just in case the audience doesn’t laugh at her jokes. “These guys laugh at whatever I say,” she said, successfully signaling the small group.
And just in case things go “really wrong,” Cuoco said, she’s prepared to distract the viewers with a firework display on stage.
And though Cuoco didn’t need saving, veteran host Neil Patrick Harris made a hilarious cameo to make certain the audience was entertained.
The “How I Met Your Mother” star stole the opening when he admitted his addiction to hosting awards shows and performing musical numbers. “I’m on a five step program, but I’m only on step,” he said, breaking in to song and dance, “5 6, 7, 8.”
Another highlight belonged to the “Parks and Recreation” cast, who revealed their hidden talents in a pre-recorded sketch. Cuoco was present to move things along, and prove that Rob Lowe’s hidden talent - to make any woman fall in love with him - is no joke. (The pair co-star in Lifetime’s “Drew Peterson: Untouchable.”)
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