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Larry David presented his first Emmy on Sunday night, helping to wrap up the three-hour awards show in hilarious fashion.
“Look at this, I’m presenting! I’m a” — [insert David pause here] — “I’m a presenter,” he said to laughs as he stepped onstage at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles to present the second-to-last award of the night, best comedy series.
“They called me a few weeks ago and asked me to do this and I’ve never presented before,” David explained. “I’m grossly incompetent at most things but I’m thinking, how hard could it be? It requires three skills: You have to be able to open an envelope, read a few words and most importantly, act like you’re interested.”
Saying he possess those skills because he goes on dates, he then launched into a bit about the questions he asks his romantic interests.
“Believe me, I know how to act like I’m interested,” he said. “Nobody feigns interest like me: Tell me more about your niece. You say she likes tap-dancing? Oh that’s fascinating!”
“How is your cookie business?” he continued. “Is it true there’s a shortage of chips? … And when do you suppose we’ll have sex?”
Chris Rock, Kevin Spacey, Amy Schumer and Jerry Seinfeld were all shown laughing in the audience.
“I think my little presentation went quite well,” he closed.
Nominated in the category were HBO’s Veep, Amazon’s Transparent, HBO’s Silicon Valley, ABC’s Modern Family, Netflix’s Master of None, Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and ABC’s Black-ish.
The award went to Veep, which gave David the opportunity to reunite with his Curb Your Enthusiasm writer and producer, David Mandel, and former Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus onstage. Mandel, who took over from series creator Armando Iannucci for the fifth season, is the showrunner for Veep and will be on hand to help when Curb returns for its upcoming ninth season.
While accepting the award, Mandel thanked David for teaching him how to write comedy and dedicated the award to “chubby Jews from the Upper West Side.”
Veep was nominated for 17 Emmys this year and earned Louis-Dreyfus her record sixth win for best lead actress in a comedy. The star tearfully dedicated her win to her late father, who died just two days before Sunday’s awards, and took aim at the current political climate in her speech.
“I think that Veep has torn down the wall between comedy and politics,” she said. “Our show started out as a political satire but it now feels more like a sobering documentary.”
Game of Thrones then went on to take home the night’s final category for best drama series, earning the HBO show its 38th record-breaking win.
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