Whitney Cummings did her best Kathy Griffin tonight on MTVâ€™s New Yearâ€™s Eve specialâ€”only not as funny.
To say that the two most popular New Yearâ€™s Eve specials were opposites may be the understatement of the year. MTV offered up comedian Whitney Cummings, who was so (allegedly)
drunk and sloppy over the top that it seemed pretentious, while ABC served up a cold plate of awkward with Dick Clarkâ€™s annual broadcast.
The stark contrast between the two reminded me of the 2008 election coverage of the parties for Obama and McCainâ€”one felt vivacious and daring, and the other felt, well, stiff and forced.
The only thing that compelled me to switch over to Dick Clarkâ€™s showing was that it was almost unbearable to tolerate Cummings with her fake raunch. Iâ€™m not even all that familiar with her, but she is not a natural born broadcaster to say the least. Nearly every joke centered on her hoo-hah, which either involved her nearly showing it, or alluding to it.
Iâ€™m no puritan, nor do I mind a little dirty humor, but it was honestly a bit weird.
What rescued the night for MTV was all of the relentless promotion of the third season of The Jersey Shore. The entire cast of characters was on hand to help ram the new season down our throats, and believe me, they played into the style of the host quite wellâ€”at one point she and Vinny almost landed the deal on stage.
Luckily the train wreck was broken up by some coverage of Snookiâ€™s ball dropping extravaganzaâ€”which was a little bizarre in itself.
Iâ€™m sure more critiques of her hosting skills will be offered up as the weekend wears on, but remember that you heard it from me first.
As soon as they are available, I will post some video clips of Whitney Cummings hosting MTVâ€™s New Yearâ€™s Eve special below. Until then, take a look at some of her stand up. Your thoughts?