While the 2013 Emmy Awards were technically about honoring television, the show might as well have been about photobombs. There were many of those unexpected moments, and most were funnier than the show as a whole.
First and foremost, of course, we have that man who side-stepped off-camera behind Emmys host Neil Patrick Harris. He has since been identified as Paul Greenberg, a comedian best-known for “Reno 911.” Was this truly a mistake? Was it planned by the Emmys people? Or did Greenberg give us an impressive and real photobomb?
Hard to say. It is, however, rather funny.
One of the best photobombs of the night came during the E! red-carpet coverage. Claire Danes (who later that evening won an Emmy for “Homeland”) popped up unexpectedly behind her friend, Lena Dunham, during an interview. The two actresses then spent some quality time fan-girling about “Scandal.”
Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad” started his photobomb exploits out on the red carpet as well. It’s hard to say whether or not he and co-star Bryan Cranston planned their “surprise” photo-op or not. Either way, it’s brilliant.
The actor kept to his “jump in the photos looking super-excited” ways later that night. After the Emmys, photographers captured Paul celebrating the “Breaking Bad” Best Drama win with Cranston and Anna Gunn.
He also planted a kiss (and gave a thumbs-up) on Best Actress winner Gunn.
One of the seemingly more random photobomb-esque moments of the night was delivered by the legendary Bob Newhart. When the Emmy-tally accountants were introduced, Newhart was right on-stage with them.
While definitely pre-planned, this ends up being an especially good joke: Before making it big in comedy, Newhart briefly worked as an accountant.
Another planned semi-photobomb happened when Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy. The “Veep” star was accompanied to the stage by her “bag man,” Tony Hale. The two actors then gave Emmy viewers a hint of their respective roles on the show.
It was even funnier in this context.
Finally, there is the totally unintentional photobombing of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler‘s opening bit by Hugh Dancy and Claire Danes. Fey and Poehler were happily heckling host Harris, but one of the highlights of the whole bit came when the two actors sitting right behind the comedians — Dancy and Danes — completely cracked up in unconcealed merriment.
It was a beautiful moment that was, like so many photobombs, a highlight of the night.