Politics and television came together at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The show’s host, Stephen Colbert, got the night started with an opening musical number that included actors from The Americans, This Is Us, and Stranger Things, along with Chance the Rapper. Colbert sang about escaping reality through TV, claiming that “everything is better on TV.”
Colbert also got some help during his monologue when former White House press secretary Sean Spicer came out onstage with a POTUS-type podium and declared, “This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period. Both in person and around the world.” Colbert added, “Wow, that really soothes my fragile ego. I can understand why you would want one of these guys around.”
The political theme continued throughout the night, such as when Alec Baldwin won an Emmy for his portrayal of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. Baldwin said, “I suppose I should say, at long last, Mr. President, here is your Emmy.” And during a sweet 9 to 5 reunion, Lily Tomlin compared Trump to their mean ol’ boss in the movie. Tomlin said, “And in 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.”
As for the award winners, it was a historic night for Atlanta star Donald Glover, and Master of None star Lena Waithe. They both became the first African-Americans to win their respective categories: Glover for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series and Waithe for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.
The other big winners of the night included Veep, The Handmaid’s Tale, Big Little Lies, and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. During one of Oliver’s acceptance speeches, he got #DCPublicSchools trending, doubling down on a joke Dave Chappelle had made earlier in the show. Colbert and last year’s Emmys host, Jimmy Kimmel, weren’t happy about losing to Oliver, because both of their late-night shows were also nominated, so the two drank their sorrows away with a cocktail called the “Last Week Tonight.” Kimmel said, “Yeah, it’s a dry British cocktail,” and Colbert added, “It’s so high quality, apparently they can only make one a week.”
For a complete list of winners and all the Emmys stuff you can handle, head to Emmys.com.
Check out Stephen Colbert’s monologue at the Emmys:
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