He’s a coach on The Voice, a country superstar, and a funny guy.
Yes, he can act. But he still knows he’s good at singing. That’s why he sang so much in the first episode of Saturday Night Live that he hosted back in January 2015.
In the skits, he was often cast as a singer or a character who could play music. These characters included a country singer, a musician on a local morning TV show, and, well, himself. And to top it all off, he was the musical guest at the end.
SNL had just nine sketches as opposed to their usual 11 or 12 sketches, and the episode ended up being a bit confusing. The pop culture references were superfluous, including a strange rendition of Shawshank Redemption. Overall, a somewhat weak episode.
On the other hand, there were a couple sketches worth watching.
Blake Shelton’s Hee-Haw Monologue
So he’s not a comedian, but he sure can play with the best in the league.
He grew up watching Hee Haw, which he described as a combo of Laugh-In and Deliverance. The cast came onstage next to Shelton only to destroy Shelton’s fond memories of the TV show with some off-color jokes. All the while, the country star played his guitar and played along with the skit.
Celebrity Family Feud With Blake Shelton
If you want to make a rookie SNL host feel as comfortable as possible, just cast them as themselves. If you don’t know how to play yourself, you really are a bad actor.
In this sketch, Shelton played himself. The real actors provided a slew of celebrity impersonations. The setup was a game show between the judges of American Idol and the coaches from The Voice.
Cecily Strong played Christina Aguilera. Sasheer Zamata acted as Nicki Minaj. Taran Killam pretended to be a high-voiced Adam Levine. And Shelton did just fine being himself.
Check out the hilarious sketch below:
What else has Shelton been up to?
Well, Blake released his album, “If I’m Honest,” over the summer. Consequence of Sound offered this opinion on the album.
“Here,” the review says, “He’s supposed to reveal the nitty-gritty of the dissolution of his four-year marriage to fellow country royalty Miranda Lambert and the ‘schmoopie’ phase of his burgeoning relationship with the newly-divorced Stefani. But slick production and Shelton’s purring vocals keep true fragility, bitterness, and even rejuvenation just out of reach.”
Rolling Stone takes a similar approach, citing Shelton’s warm and welcoming vocals.
“Shelton’s warmly confident delivery makes those romantic twists and turns sound both lived in but universal, and the reverent finale, “Savior’s Shadow,” suggests that the good ol’ boy’s maturing into a man,” the review says.
So, all of this to say, he can do it as a country artist, but would he ever give it all up to be an actor? He was already in “The Angry Birds Movie” and “The Ridiculous 6.”
He’s probably just fine where he is now. But who knows, things could change…