Jost and Che brought the funny to an uncharacteristically exciting Emmys

Jost and Che brought the funny to an uncharacteristically exciting Emmys

Nicely, that was a pleasing shock.

Jost kidding? Nope. I actually imply it.

Colin Jost and Michael Che did a superb job internet hosting Monday evening’s 70th Primetime Emmy Awards – no imply feat for 2 novices underneath Hollywood’s harsh, unforgiving glare.

The duo, heretofore finest often known as the anchors of “Weekend Replace” on “Saturday Night time Stay,” set the evening’s tone with a quick-out-of-the field, humorous and at instances slicing monologue that hit most of its targets — and counterbalanced the present’s (virtually predictable) preachy over-reliance on variety and the #MeToo motion.

For that alone I thank them, significantly following the cringe-worthy opening song-and-dance quantity (about variety, natch).

Jost and Che fired off a slew of funny one-liners. “We’re celebrating the gifted and inventive individuals who haven’t been caught but,” Che stated, whereas Jost poked enjoyable at the plummeting Emmy rankings by singling out “the lots of watching at residence.” Their political jabs have been veiled, quite than overt, and not overstated — significantly their reference to the very first Emmys, in 1949 — “after we all agreed that Nazis have been dangerous,” stated Jost.

They even lampooned their residence community, NBC, which acquired the most broadcast nominations: “Sort of like being the sexiest individual on life assist,” Che joked. And about weepy NBC fave “This Is Us”: “Sadder, please.”

Sketches with Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen fell flat.Kevin Winter/Getty Photos

They did, predictably, throw some snark at Roseanne Barr — “It’s like nominating a cop for a BET Award,” Che stated concerning “Roseanne” (now “The Conners”) co-star Laurie Metcalf’s nomination. However Jost additionally took a dig at the Netflix monolith by joking about “an all-white reboot of ‘Atlanta’ known as ’15 Miles Exterior of Atlanta.’ ”

Later in the broadcast, Che scored factors by noting that winner Jeff Daniels “thanked his horse,” then gave out “Reparation Emmys” (to Jaleel White, Jimmie Walker and Marla Gibbs, amongst others).

At the identical time, Che and Jost stored the present transferring and largely stayed out of the means, letting the telecast converse for itself — which it did, at instances movingly and humorously. (Save for these deathly boring vignettes with Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen.)

How cool was it to see TV veteran and all-around good man Henry Winkler win an Emmy for “Barry” (as Excellent Supporting Actor in a Comedy)? “I wrote this 43 years in the past,” he stated of his speech. “Should you keep at the desk lengthy sufficient the chips come to you.”

Rachel Brosnahan accepts the Excellent Lead Actress in a Comedy Collection award.FilmMagic

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (which I discover a bit overrated) predictably received a number of huge Emmys — together with one for lead actress Rachel Brosnahan, aka Midge Maisel). Double winner/collection creator Amy Sherman-Palladino fired off an important line, joking about how her father impressed the character: “I took a 6-foot-2 Bronx Jew and turned him into Rachel Brosnahan.”

Presenter Michael Douglas, too, was very funny. “Carry that rage,” he stated of Monday evening’s losers. “Know that you simply have been cheated. You have been robbed. Let that fireplace burn in your stomach.” Nice stuff.

Betty White was her typical spry self.Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY NETWO

Seeing 96-year-old Betty White, who seems 10 years youthful, honored for her seven-decade profession: priceless. She appeared a bit flustered, however who might blame her? Discuss a residing legend.

And the way about Emmy winner (for steering the Oscars) Glenn Weiss proposing to his girlfriend on stay nationwide tv, simply after remembering his lately deceased mom — then giving his newly minted fiancée stated mom’s engagement ring? Overlook the pressured “controversy” of the MTV VMAs — that was a touching TV second that will likely be remembered for fairly some time. (“There’s so many guys who didn’t win with engagement rings of their pocket proper now,” Jost joked.)

Thandie NewtonFilmMagic

Whereas Ann Dowd ought to’ve received for her portrayal of evil Aunt Lydia on “The Handmaid’s Story” (that award went to Thandie Newton for “Westworld”), it was good to see “The People” lastly decide up some autopsy {hardware} — for writers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg and for lead actor Matthew Rhys, a ok a Philip Jennings.

Was Monday’s awards ceremony controversial? No. Magical? No. However generally that’s akin to consolation meals: predictable, dependable and simply sufficient to please.

Job effectively accomplished.

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