No, Andy Samberg Did Not Bomb As the Emmys Host

September 21, 2015 12:03 PM

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It didn’t take long for Twitter to jump to erroneous conclusions about Andy Samberg’s excellent performance hosting last night’s 67th Primetime Emmy Awards. Only a few minutes into his monologue he was declared dead in the water because he wasn’t getting cacophonous laughter ringing throughout the Microsoft Theater. But a straight-up LoL-o-Meter isn’t exactly the best way to judge the substance of his performance. Just as Samberg proved during his terrified and brilliant set at the hilarious Comedy Central Roast of James Franco in 2013, while he may not approach hosting in a traditional way that garners easy laughs, he’s an incisive comedic commentator who set the tone for what turned out to be a historic night.

His opening video—littered with stars like Jon Hamm, Kerry Washington, Will Forte, Nathan Fillion, Billy Eichner, Bob Odenkirk, Randall Park, Yvette Nicole Brown, Timothy Simons, and Hannah Simone—tackled the debate over #PeakTV head-on, with an Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt-bunker-influenced musical nu...

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