Awards shows tend to run long, and without an entertaining host, it can be tough to make it through to the bitter end — especially for those of us on the East Coast.

I anticipate no such problem this year.

When Jane Lynch hosts the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 18th, she will be only the third woman to do so without a male co-host by her side. Chosen, no doubt, because of her superstar status as Glee’s conniving coach Sue Sylvester, she has exactly the talents and traits that should make her a terrific host. Lynch is smart. She’s funny. She’s quick on her feet having been an improv actor with Second City before launching her impressive television and movie career. And, by all accounts, she’s a genuinely nice person. (If you think that doesn’t matter, see if you can find some YouTube clips of Ricky Gervais and his mean-spirited banter at this year’s Golden Globes.)

 

Even Madame Tussaud's noticed.

Sue Sylvester is the part of a lifetime, for which Lynch has already received Golden Globe, People’s Choice and Emmy Awards (and may very well win another the evening she hosts). But there’s so much more to the 6-foot-tall, blonde, 51-year-old actor from Dolton, Ill.

Lynch’s career spans three decades and includes appearances in more than 60 movies and more than 70 television shows (several of them recurring roles). Until recently, she was best known as one of Christopher Guest’s quirky ensemble in mock documentaries A Mighty Wind, Best in Show and For Your Consideration. She played Julia Child’s sister Dorothy in Julie and Julia, and earned good reviews and a bit of Oscar buzz. On the small screen, she portrayed the therapist of Charlie Sheen’s character on Two and a Half Men. (In hindsight, we can only imagine the stories she could tell!) An award-winning playwright (Oh Sister, My Sister), she’s currently working on her autobiography, Happy Accidents, which will be released this Fall.

Although a working actor her entire adult life, Lynch achieved her greatest success as she approached 50, as McKinley High’s arch villainess on Fox’s runaway hit Glee. This professional accomplishment was mirrored by great happiness in her personal life as well. Active in the LGBT community, Lynch met Dr. Lara Embry at a National Center for Lesbian Rights event in 2009 and married her in Massachusetts in 2010. Together, they are raising Embry’s daughter, Haden.

There is some speculation about whether Lynch will host the entire Emmys program as herself or whether Sue Sylvester might make an appearance. There is some logic to having the Cheerios’ coach show up. The Emmys, after all, is a competition and there will be losers as well as winners. Here’s just a quick sample of some of the consoling pep talks we may hear:

Not everyone can be champions; not everyone should be champions. The world needs fry cooks; bus drivers…”

or

I’m going to ask you to smell your armpits. That’s the smell of failure, and it’s stinking up my office.”

or

Even your breath smells of mediocrity.”

I for one would vote to ban Sue from the Nokia Theatre and let Lynch enjoy the spotlight without her outrageous alter ego. But either way, I wholeheartedly applaud the decision to have this bright, talented, happy woman host the show. I’m looking forward to getting to know her better and an enjoyable — if late — night of Hollywood glamour.

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