A certain celebration just became that much more amazing. Comedian and Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert is hosting the 37th Kennedy Center Honors, the arts center announced Wednesday. The special, which I watch every year with my family (you could say it's sort of a holiday tradition), will air for two hours on Tuesday, Dec. 30 starting at 9 p.m. (ET) on CBS.
Each year, a talented group of individuals are honored for their work and impact on our culture. This year those selected include Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, comedienne Lily Tomlin, and singers Al Green and Sting.
Per the event's co-producer George Stevens Jr., "[Colbert] is best in class and will no doubt undo any solemnity that might otherwise attend the occasion."
Agreed, Stevens. Agreed. Most likely, this year's Kennedy Center Honors will be off the charts. Combine Coblert's hilariousness with Hanks' pure genius with Tomlin's magnificence with McBride's dance skill with Green's soul with Sting's cool nature, and you get one superb show. Now, I hope I'm not setting the bar too high and become disappointed during the broadcast, but I find it hard to believe that Colbert can make anything bad. Plus, this isn't his first time attending (he was a part of the tribute to cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 2011), so at least he has an idea of how the show must go on.