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During his opening monologue at the 2015 Emmys, host Andy Samberg went for the controversial headlines for his punchlines — with little success.
After an initial skit — featuring Yvette Nicole Brown, Hannah Simone, Timothy Simons, Randall Park, Jon Hamm, Bob Odenkirk, Kerry Washington and Will Forte — that put Samberg in a TV bunker to watch the year’s overwhelming amount of television (many of which feature “wives” in the title), the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star emerged onstage with a special announcement: “Justin Timberlake is not coming,” he said of his oft-collaborator during his time on Saturday Night Live.
He noted he was honored to join the ranks of previous Emmys hosts, including “Robert Blake and Bill Cosby?” he said, confused. “Seriously, between Bill Cosby, Jared Fogle and Robert Durst stealing that sandwich, not a good year for dudes who love hoagies.”
He also told the night’s nominees of a new Emmys rule: If your speech runs long, “you’re gonna have to deal with the mean nun from Game of Thrones,” upon which Jane Lynch hit the stage.
To awkward applause, Samberg poked fun at how Hollywood now sees itself as diverse onscreen. “Racism is over! Don’t fact-check that,” he said, adding that Jackie Robinson‘s coach probably said the same thing on the day of the player’s first game. Also, “the wage gap between men and women hired for major roles in Hollywood is still an issue — wait, I’m sorry, I misread that. The age gap between men and women hired for major roles in Hollywood is still an issue — wait, I’m sorry, I misread that again. It’s both! So, crappy on two fronts.”
And of Donald Trump‘s upcoming presidential run, “Sure, he seems racist. … What else?” Adding of Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s takeover of Celebrity Apprentice, “Weird that he’s not hosting To Catch a Predator — he has so much experience!”
The most well-received joke of his monologue was when he mentioned Paula Deen‘s participation in Dancing With the Stars this season. “If I wanted to see an intolerant lady dance, I would’ve gone to one of Kim Davis‘ four weddings.”
Before shout-outs to nominees Amy Schumer, Uzo Aduba, Allison Janney and Adrien Brody, Samberg mentioned the year of farewells to Mad Men and Parks and Recreation, “and True Detective, even though it’s still on the air” (plus, after the success of Better Call Saul, Jon Hamm will soon be nominated for the Mad Men prequel, “Dick Whitman: Horny Hobo“).
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Samberg, took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday.
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