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The host picks some of the first season's most spectacular flame-outs – and admits one of his own

January 16, 2015 03:55 PM

Terry Crews might play a tough guy in The Expendables and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but deep down he just likes to giggle at cat videos.

Crews, 46, has added another line to his packed résumé: host of FOX’s new viral-video show World’s Funniest Fails, premiering Friday night.

Crews has been obsessing over Internet videos since his daughter Tera, 16, showed him "Scarlet Takes a Tumble" on YouTube. “What happens is, you get in a rabbit hole,” he tells PEOPLE. “All of a sudden, two hours later, you’re watching all these videos.”

When FOX approached him about hosting Fails, Crews said he realized the show would be “the perfect Friday night thing because it’s what you do anyway – Grandma’s in the room all the way down to the little ones, and you can just laugh at cat videos, people falling.”

But, he adds, “There’s some sweet stuff we have on our show, too. It’s the kind of stuff where you don’t need a shower after it.”

Fails takes a post-game approach to viral video, with Crews and three panelists watching a cluster of related clips. “We pick apart why the videos are so good. There are some things you might have missed, but we stop it, rewind it, do a little John Madden on it,” he says.

After each group, the panelists nominate their favorite, and Crews decides the winner. At the end of each episode, the biggest Fail of all is crowned.

Before the flubs, falls, blunders and bloopers begin, Crews gave PEOPLE an exclusive sneak peek of some of his favorite clips from the show’s first season.

Groom Drops Bride
“It took about 30 minutes to get it together after [I watched this one],” Crews remembers. “I was trying to move on, and the image kept playing back in my head of this guy stumbling. It’s so simple but so funny. And she never drops her flowers!”

See You Ladder, Cat!
“I like cats because they’re thinking, they’re conniving, they’re smarter than you,” explains Crews. “It’s like, ‘Oh my God!’ You can see the cat’s little paws and what he’s thinking, and it’s funny because it’s so horrible.”

Dance Floored
“Again, I spent probably 30 minutes trying to get it together. It was the most awkward thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” says Crews.

Yoga Bounce
“I don’t know what happened,” Crews says, “but it seems like [the other three guys] set that one guy up. He just goes flying! There’s something about that exercise ball that’s as good as a groin shot.”

Fouetté Face-Plant
“It looks extremely painful, but she gets up and laughs,” Crews points out. “The best thing about our show is that it’s not about serious injuries. It’s gotta be where they get up, they laugh and you see they weren’t harmed. We don’t want the kind of show where it’s like, ‘Oh my God, I wish I could unsee that.’ ”

And, in the spirit of fairness, Crews isn’t afraid to share one of his biggest (off-camera) slip-ups: “I was trying to tell my son [Isaiah, 9] about skateboard safety. I was saying, ‘Son, you always have to wear your helmet and put your elbow pads on because you don’t know what could happen.’ And while I was telling him this, I didn’t have a helmet on or elbow pads. I proceeded to step on to the skateboard – let me tell you something: The world went upside down, I think I did a total 360 in the air, landed my elbow, landed on the back of my head. I was laid out. And he’s like, ‘That’s why you shouldn’t do that, right, Dad?’ ”

Crews laughs, “It was the height of embarrassment. “He was 7 years old, and he saw his dad fail – fail hard.”

World’s Funniest Fails airs Friday at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

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