‘Hollywood Game Night’ keeps playing well for Jane Lynch

‘Glee’ veteran continues her Emmy-honored NBC hosting job

Jane Lynch

It’s been all in the game for Jane Lynch for several television summers, and it is again now.

Of the “Glee” alum’s four Emmy Awards, two are for hosting “Hollywood Game Night,” NBC’s Thursday competition inspired by gatherings that executive producer Sean Hayes – the Emmy-winning “Will & Grace” co-star – has staged for friends including Lynch. Teams comprised of three celebrities and an “everyday person” compete in various games aimed at winning one of the civilians a $25,000 grand prize.

This season, “Hollywood Game Night” features many teams who work together on their own shows such as “This Is Us,” “Superstore” and “The Good Place.” Lynch deems the result “a blast,” and she appreciates that many guests bring their own comedy cred: “It’s the best. I rarely feel like I’m shouldering the load, though I know what it means to be the host.

“I love making sure everybody has a fun time at the party, but I also love that these celebrities show up to play. They’re ready to look like a fool, because there’s a good chance they’re going to … but I think it’s also an exciting thing for the audience to watch celebrities have a party, and to feel like they’re a part of it. You’re not even a fly on the wall. You’re playing the games along with them.”

“Hollywood Game Night” has run long enough for some stars to be repeat guests. “When you’re an actor, you have an eye toward making an appearance here or there,” Lynch reasons, “so why not do it someplace where you can have fun while you do it? And have free booze?”

Birthdate: July 14, 1960

Birthplace: Dolton, Ill.

Current residence: Los Angeles

Marital status: Divorced

Other television credits include: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “The Good Fight,” “The Simpsons” (voice only), “Manhunt: The Unabomber,” “Criminal Minds,” “Dropping the Soap,” “Angel From Hell,” “Glee,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Party Down,” “The L Word,” “Boston Legal,” “Web Therapy,” “American Dad!” (voice only), “Help Me Help You,” “Lovespring International,” “Friends,” “Arrested Development,” “Family Guy” (voice only), “The West Wing,” “Frasier”

Movie credits include: “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (voice only), “Escape From Planet Earth” (voice only), “Wreck-It Ralph” (voice only), “The Three Stooges,” “Rio” (voice only), “Paul,” “Shrek Forever After” (voice only), “Post Grad,” “Julie & Julia,” “Role Models,” “The Rocker,” “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” “For Your Consideration,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Sleepover,” “A Mighty Wind,” “Best in Show,” “The Fugitive”

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