Ahead of his first time hosting the 67th Emmy Awards, Andy Samberg told Zap2it that he hoped to channel the loose, well-written style of fan-loved Golden Globe hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. So, did he pull it off?
Samberg opened the show in happy dappy fashion, with a star-studded pre-taped "SNL Digital Short"-esque video in which he lamented -- in song -- the fact that there are too many good TV shows on the air nowadays and if you tried to watch them all, you might miss out on important life milestones. There was silliness, soaring vocals and many celeb cameos including Kerry Washington, Jon Hamm, Will Forte and Tina Fey.
Up next was Samberg's eight-minute monologue, in which he riffed on everything from gender equality in Hollywood, to politics ("Donald Trump is running for President, to the delight of uncles everywhere. Seems racist. What else?"), to the rumored appearance of his frequent collaborator ("Justin Timberlake is not coming. Now that we put that to bed, what an exciting event, you guys"), to his disappointment in the second season of "True Detective" ("We also said goodbye to 'True Detective,' even though it's still on the air").
Speaking of Samberg's call-out to the show's changes, the "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" actor said that if winners' speeches went over the allotted time limit, they would have to endure the wrath of "the mean nun from 'Game of Thrones,'" and introduced said nun, played by "Glee" alum Jane Lynch, who walked out dressed as the character yelling "Shame!" and ringing a bell. Lynch is a perfect "mean nun," of course. Well played, Samberg.
Later on in the show, Samberg pulled off a joke of a much racier nature in impressive, slightly raunchy fashion. After coming back from a commercial break, Samberg was shown "having a little fun with the set," standing under the rear end of one of the Emmy statues. Citing the controversial "Girls" episode in which "anal play" was a feature, he demonstrated his "impression of the last season of 'Girls.'"
Not all of Samberg's efforts landed. One moment that seemed to receive mixed reactions from the audience was when Samberg and fellow "SNL" alum Seth Meyers did a bit designed to celebrate their "SNL" boss Lorne Michaels as the best boss ever -- complete with a celebratory mug -- when in fact the best boss ever, as revealed by the "Best Boss Ever" official award winner envelope, turned out to be "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy" boss Shonda Rhimes.
Samberg's second pre-taped video, the '70s-themed "I'd like to give the world an Emmy" song also fell a little flat. In the video Samberg sings about how it's a huge bummer that there are more Emmy losers than winners. He attempts to give everyone an Emmy, but fails miserably when he tosses a gold trophy at "Parks and Recreation" star Jim O'Heir and it plunges into his chest like a deadly knife. The segment then turns into an odd "Emmys Can Kill" safety PSA which, despite the appearance of always excellent O'Heir, didn't seem to work.
Speaking of excellent cameos, Samberg enlisted first-time Emmy nominee Tatiana Maslany ("Orphan Black") and winner Tony Hale for a bit designed to investigate what happens "after" the Emmys red carpet ends that just didn't make the best of Maslany and Hale's abilities. The two talented actors were reduced to "mining" the red carpet with metal detectors and then pretending to fight over a can of beans.
Thankfully Samberg made up for those bumps when he boldly gave out his login info for HBO Now.