Emmy host Seth Meyers delivered his opening monologue at Monday night’s Emmy Awards in the same way he delivered every “Weekend Update” during his “Saturday Night Live” days – with biting sarcasm and relatable but edgy jokes delivered with a smile.
“I’m Seth Meyers, and welcome to the Emmy Awards,” he said as he opened the show. “This year, we’re doing the Emmys on a Monday night in August, which, if I understand television, means that the Emmys are about to get canceled.”
The Emmys usually air on a Sunday in late September, but this year they were moved to a Monday in August, Meyers said, to avoid MTV’s VMA awards show, which aired on Sunday, but more importantly, to avoid conflicting with NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”
“Which is in keeping with the actors’ tradition of running away from jocks,” Meyers said.
Meyers’ opening bit was strong, and throughout the show, he delivered several other chuckle-worthy one-liners, including calling Best Actress in a Drama Series winner Juliana Marguleis “The only woman from ER who ever amounted to anything.”
But save a bit with funny woman Amy Poehler, where they hilariously introduced and poked fun at “True Detective” stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, Meyers sort of faded.
He wasn’t bad. He just wasn’t much of a factor.
As the awards show wrapped up, he managed to rush out a “Thanks for watching” and an “Only four days to the weekend” before the show ended and the news started.
Meyers, a first-time Emmys host who earlier this year became the host of “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” delivered many inside-television jokes during his understated monologue, and he poked fun of some of his celebrity friends, a few Emmy nominees, the popularity of streaming television and the Emmys themselves.
He even got in a jab at Justin Bieber.
Talking about the 31 nominations racked up by Netflix this year, Meyers joked about the service threatening cable’s dominance.
“Cable is looking at streaming like Justin Bieber is looking at One Direction,” he said. “Through a cloud of marijuana smoke.”
He said that as a kid, he never would have believed that HBO would become such a player on the Emmys. This year, the cable network has 99 nominations.
“HBO is like the kid you grew up with who ended up doing way better than you expected,” he said. “When I first met HBO, he was all ‘Grease 2’ and ‘Fraggle Rock,’ ” Meyers said. “I wish I was nicer to him.”
Myers was biting, but in a gentle way, and got big belly laughs from the celebs in the audience, who for once didn’t look uncomfortable or fearful that they’d be the next targets.