Unlike the Golden Globes or Academy Awards, I never throw a party for the Primetime Emmys. I usually just play the telecast in the background while doing housework, working on my laptop or fiddling with my phone. For the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, I found myself more captivated than normal. Who knew Stephen Colbert could keep me entertained for three hours?
The 53-year-old comedian kicked things off with a stellar song and dance routine before seguing to an even more amusing monologue. He capped that off with an unexpected and polarizing special appearance from former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. The reaction from the audience, especially Melissa McCarthy who played him on SNL, were priceless.
Check out my favorite moments from the telecast below.
1. 9 To 5 Reunion To Present Award To Alexander Skarsgård For Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie – The 69th Emmys
Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin were supposed to reunite on stage to present Tomlin with the SAG Life Achievement Award at the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards but Fonda missed it due to being ill. At long last, the 9 to 5 reunion happened and it didn’t disappoint.
2. Host Stephen Colbert Interviews ‘Emmy,’ Played By RuPaul At The 69th Emmy Awards
It’s RuPaul’s world and we’re simply just living in it. The 56-year-old drag superstar gave a sassy performance as Miss Emmy herself.
3. Ann Dowd Wins Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series At The 69th Emmy Awards
When a nominee is genuinely shocked to learn they just won, it warms my heart. Ann Dowd, who’s been sensational over the years, finally got her due. She was so God dang adorable accepting her award.
4. Host Stephen Colbert Goes Nude During The 69th Emmy Awards
When Westworld meets Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, hilarity ensues. Tituss Burgess never disappoints. I half expected him to pull a Sharon Stone circa Basic Instinct.
5. The 69th Emmy Awards: Stephen Colbert Opening Song & Monologue
I couldn’t pick just one moment from the opening segment, so I clumped the entire thing as my number five pick.
In Memoriam: Chris Jackson Pays Tribute To Dearly Departed Television Greats
The In Memoriam segment at any awards show always gets me a little misty. Bull actor Christopher Jackson wowed with his rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “As” as images of dearly departed television greats played in the background.