The Best Possible Hosts for a New Prime Time Variety Show

by SweetHotAngel | created - 18 Jun 2011 | updated - 18 Jun 2011 | Public

This is my companion list to my list of the classic Variety Shows. Here I'm listing those who I think would make the best new hosts for a new 21st Century version of the Variety Show in Prime Time. Just like the classic shows, my hosts could be funny, could be musical, could be both or could be neither. I'll list them in reverse so as we count up the list we'll count down to the best possible hosts. (Some of these might not be interested, but this is fantasy anyway, so who cares?)

1. Queen Latifah

Actress | Chicago

Often considered hip-hop's first lady (though some would attribute that to Roxanne Shanté), the woman behind the moniker Queen Latifah was born Dana Elaine Owens on March 18, 1970, in East Orange, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Rita (Bray), a teacher, and Lancelot Owens, Sr. She came from a ...

She's funny and musical. She has a wonderful presence and works well with all the stars.

2. Dana Carvey

Actor | Wayne's World

One of SNL's most talented alumni, comedian Dana Carvey reigned supreme during his six-season run creating some of the show's most memorable characters, including "Church Lady", "Garth" of Wayne & Garth fame, Grumpy Old Man and bodybuilding "Hans" of Hans & Franz notoriety. So it is quite ...

He's been ready for prime time for a long time. He's very funny. But he'll need to bring in strong guests and not try to do it all like he did before when he failed.

3. Faith Hill

Actress | The Stepford Wives

Faith Hill was born on September 21, 1967 in Jackson, Mississippi, USA as Audrey Faith Perry. She is a producer, known for The Stepford Wives (2004), Pearl Harbor (2001) and Practical Magic (1998). She has been married to Tim McGraw since October 6, 1996. They have three children. She was ...

Country music remains big and she'd be great as one half of a hosting team along side her husband, Tim McGraw. Both of them would be musical and I bet they could be as funny as Sonny & Cher.

4. William Shatner

Actor | Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

William Shatner has notched up an impressive 50-plus years in front of the camera, displaying heady comedic talent and being instantly recognizable to several generations of cult television fans as the square-jawed Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise.

Shatner was born ...

He's too funny for the sitcom format and too funny to waste. Bill has done so many genres and should now conquer the Variety one. Plus he can be musical...well kind of... well in a funny way.

5. Keith Urban

Soundtrack | Act of Valor

Keith Urban was born on October 26, 1967 in Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand as Keith Lionel Urban. He has been married to Nicole Kidman since June 25, 2006. They have two children.

This guy is musical, hot, and he's got that popular Kiwi/Aussie accent. He'll appeal to both country music fans and just music fans.

6. Foo Fighters

Soundtrack | Godzilla

Ranked #74 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.

Rockers who connect with a couple of generations and who've shown in their videos their willingness to do humor. They'd host a fantastic show with lots of top notch guest musical guests.

7. Neil Patrick Harris

Actor | How I Met Your Mother

Neil Patrick Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 15, 1973. His parents, Sheila Gail (Scott) and Ronald Gene Harris, were lawyers and ran a restaurant. He grew up in Ruidoso, New Mexico, a small town 120 miles south of Albuquerque, where he first took up acting in the fourth grade. ...

We need this funny guy who can sing, dance and act hosting a show. If he can't pull off two shows at once, then when "How I Met Your Mother" finally runs it course he should get a Variety Show.

8. Steve Martin

Writer | Roxanne

Steve Martin was born on August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas, USA as Stephen Glenn Martin to Mary Lee (née Stewart; 1913-2002) and Glenn Vernon Martin (1914-1997), a real estate salesman and aspiring actor. He was raised in Inglewood and Garden Grove in California. In 1960, he got a job at the Magic ...

Its time for him to return to TV and host a funny show. He can sing too! He'd have to have Aykroyd on once in a while and they can be two wild and crazy guys.

9. Ryan Seacrest

Self | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Born and raised in Atlanta, Seacrest has been the heart and soul of television and in radio for many years, beginning as the host of such kids shows as, Gladiators 2000 (1994), Fox Family Channel's Wild Animal Games (1995), and Click (1997), which ultimately led him to his afternoon gig at Los ...

If anyone could pull of a new Ed Sullivan type show, that person would be the best host in the last decade. Ryan's work on AI, especially on the final night, is the closest thing we have right now to the old style Variety Show.

10. Justin Timberlake

Soundtrack | Trolls

Justin Randall Timberlake was born on January 31, 1981, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Lynn (Bomar) and Randall Timberlake, whose own father was a Baptist minister. At the age of 11, he appeared on the show Star Search (1983), and even though he didn't win, it didn't dampen his ambitions. He also ...

He's so charismatic and so funny. He could pull off a Dean Martin show for the present and like Dino still be a movie star and recording star at the same time. Justin is the number one choice for a new Variety Show host.