Andy Samberg Kept Crowd Laughing ... With a Mug

Initial reaction to pleasant-enough host isn't bad
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2015 10:49 PM CDT

(Newser) – Hosting the Emmys, or any awards show, can lead to an invite back the next year or to comedy pariah status (sorry, Bryant Gumbel). But from initial reaction, Andy Samberg seems to have pulled off a solid performance tonight, with plenty of audience-pleasing knee-slappers, sketches, and celebrity interaction. What's getting buzz:

  • Mashable says the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star gave a "perfectly edgy" opening monologue and a decent musical genuflection to TV binge-watching, complete with star appearances by Jon Hamm, Kerry Washington, and Will Forte.
  • Saturday Night Live alums Andy Samberg and Seth Meyers presented a "World's Best Boss" mug to SNL king Lorne Michaels, citing the fact that, by their count, 40 of the night's nominees owed their start to their former boss. Of course, Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes was revealed to be the real winner, but Michaels took it in stride.
  • There were many more jokes, including at the expense of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, Bill Cosby, and Robert Durst. BuzzFeed compiled its 23 favorite moments.

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