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Andy Samberg‘s monologue got the laughs rolling at the 2015 Emmys, taking shots at Bill Cosby, Donald Trump and Paula Deen, after a musical intro that poked fun at the challenges of keeping up with the many good TV shows on the air. Later in the show, Ricky Gervais got the audience laughing when he referenced his poor track record at the Emmys and pretended to win an award, only to later lose the actual trophy for which he was nominated, drawing laughs as he shooed the camera away from his face before he lost. Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart illustrated why TV audiences miss him as he talked about missing being on TV. And Late Late Show host James Corden enthusiastically introduced the accountants from Ernst & Young, who tabulate the Emmy votes.
Read on for more of Sunday night’s funniest Emmys moments.
Andy Samberg’s monologue: The musical intro — with special appearances from Jon Hamm, Kerry Washington and others — was entertaining, but when the 2015 Emmys host took the stage, the laughs really began. Samberg’s monologue poked fun at Bill Cosby, Donald Trump and Hollywood’s diversity struggles.
Samberg said he was honored to host the Emmys, joining such past emcees as “Robert Blake and Bill Cosby?” he said, looking troubled and adding, “I’ve gotta get out of here.”
He also acknowledged Hollywood’s various diversity issues, saying that both the “wage gap” and “age gap” “between men and women hired for major roles … is still an issue.”
“Crappy on both fronts,” he summarized. Samberg also sarcastically proclaimed, “Racism is over!” before adding, “don’t fact-check that.”
Speaking of racism, Samberg took a shot at popular comedy punching bag, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“Sure, he seems racist,” Samberg said, as if he was going to defend Trump, but he quickly moved on, saying, “What else?”
And racism/intolerance was also at the center of Samberg’s best received joke, about Paula Deen being on Dancing With the Stars: “If I wanted to see an intolerant lady dance, I would’ve gone to one of [Kentucky clerk] Kim Davis‘ four weddings.” He also got some cheap laughs when he suggested a Mad Men prequel, in light of the success of Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, called Dick Whitman: Horny Hobo and when he cut to an empty seat after saying that Adrien Brody was nominated for his work in the TV movie, Houdini. “He escaped!” Samberg exclaimed.
Watch part of the monologue below and read more of Samberg’s intro here.
Ricky Gervais pokes fun at his trend of Emmy losses: Poor Ricky Gervais. The frequent Emmy loser went home empty-handed again on Sunday night, and he seemed to know that would happen. The 22-time nominee, who’s only won twice, last year riffed on his poor track record after losing another Emmy. And this year, before the winner in his current category, best actor in a limited series, was announced, Gervais took a minute while presenting another award to predict he would lose again. “Back again to lose another one,” he said as he took the stage. “I haven’t lost yet. Still hope. [Laughs.] There’s no hope.”
But this year, Gervais had a plan for a tearful Emmy moment. Assuming people would see a picture of him onstage in a few days and think he won, Gervais had an award brought out and posed with it, pretending to cry. He instructed people to “Take a picture of that” and “tweet that.” Sure enough, Gervais was right. Richard Jenkins won the Emmy for best actor in a limited series, and Gervais got the audience laughing again when he waved the camera away from him as he and the other nominees’ faces were displayed on a screen on the Emmy stage. When Jenkins’ name was announced, though, Gervais applauded and smiled graciously. Watch Gervais‘ fake Emmy win and him losing the actual award below.
Jon Stewart Whines About Life After TV: A little more than a month after Jon Stewart signed off from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, the host took the Emmy awards stage to accept the best variety talk series award for his show, and he urged the TV-industry audience not to do what he did.
“To everybody on television, I just want to tell you: cling to it as long as you can. Like death. Like in Titanic, the guy who was — cling to it,” Stewart said. “I have been off of television for six weeks, seven weeks, whatever it is. This is the first applause I’ve heard.”
He characterized the post-TV-star world as “a barren wasteland” and added that unlike on TV show sets, with craft services, “Out in the world there are tables with food, but you can’t take it. It costs money. Very little of it is gluten-free or vegan.” After he thanked his former colleagues and got LL Cool J to give him a shout-out, Stewart said something fans of his are likely hoping won’t come true. “You will never have to see me again.”
Watch part of Stewart’s speech below.
Honorable mention: James Corden introducing the Emmy accountants: Late Late Show host James Corden was thrilled to be at the Emmys. Beyond that, he couldn’t believe he was there to introduce the accountants from Ernst & Young in charge of tabulating the Emmy votes.
“If you’d have told me as a small child growing up in England — it’s a small fishing country just off the coast of Europe — that one day I would have the privilege of introducing millions of people to the three heroes, because that’s what they are. They’re heroes who somehow manage to calculate which of the nominees receive the greatest number of votes, using only mathematics and guts, I’d have said, ‘Sod off. I’m only a boy and my brain doesn’t have the room to dream that big.’ But here I am and, ladies and gentlemen, here they are,” Corden said raising his voice as he continued his hyperbolically triumphant intro.
He then commanded the audience to, “separate your hands and then put them back together and then open it again, and I want you to do that a million times,” before introducing the accountants by name as if he was introducing boxers before a fight. Corden then ran over to take a selfie with the accountants.
Watch part of Corden’s enthusiastic intro below.
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