Tonys: Kevin Spacey Shows Off Johnny Carson, Bill Clinton Impressions
The 'House of Cards' star also made an appearance as his character from the Netflix series, Frank Underwood.
Tonys host Kevin Spacey impersonated some famous figures during his time emceeing the event.
While Spacey has often taken on the voices of Johnny Carson and Bill Clinton, Sunday night he did it with makeup. First up was Carson, with Spacey offering his rendition of the host's recurring Carnac the Magnificent bit.
Spacey also surprised the audience by appearing onstage as former President Clinton. "We've already had some surprising winners haven't we? I'm not even talking about the Tony Awards," Spacey's Clinton joked of the recent presidential election. During the bit, Spacey couldn't help but tease Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt saying, "There's no doubt Hillary's better at creating fake email accounts than you." Spacey jokingly finished his Clinton segment saying, "I'm going to get in trouble when I get home."
At the end of the night, though, Spacey played another president — a fictional one. The House of Cards star appeared as his character Frank Underwood, alongside Frank's wife, Claire (Robin Wright), and right-hand man, Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly). Underwood delivered Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda the best musical envelope. As Underwood, Spacey then joked, "I want to get the hell out of here, before Bette Midler thanks anyone else," further adding, "Oh damn! I think I said that one out loud."
Although known for his film and TV work, Spacey isn't a stranger to the theater stage. The actor previously won a Tony for his performance in Lost in Yonkers. Spacey also has starred in famous productions including Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Iceman Cometh and Richard III. And he served as artistic director of London's Old Vic for more than a decade.
The 71st annual Tony Awards aired live Sunday from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.