This year’s Emmy Awards turned out to be a “silly” show, according to host Andy Samberg. The “Saturday Night Live” alum and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star hosted the ceremony on Sunday night at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
On hand to add some sketch comedy to the show were Amy Schumer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, along with the team behind IFC’s “Comedy Bang! Bang!”
As for Samberg, part of his training to get ready for the awards show was to literally roll out the red carpet in front of Microsoft Theater.
In true Hollywood fashion, he had to practice the “step and kick” move to push the red carpet out multiple times, so the film crews and photographers could get just the right take.
And all that kicking on the red carpet may lead to a second career for the funnyman.
Before the ceremony, USA Today asked the star what he would do if he weren’t hosting the Emmys, and he gave a funny and surprising answer.
“I think I’ll start working for Empire Carpets after this,” Samberg quipped, “probably just performing the jingle.”
If he’s not installing carpets, maybe he could clean them. All carpets — including the famous red ones — should get a good cleaning every 12 to 18 months. Perhaps the Emmys will keep Samberg around next year to handle that task.
USA Today also asked Samberg what he was most nervous about before the show. But for that he has a plan.
“If my tuxedo bursts into flames and I was left naked on stage, that’s a big fear,” he said. But if it did? “I’d probably just dive into the front row [and] just dive into Jon Hamm’s arms.”
Thankfully for Samberg, it didn’t come to that. As for Hamm, he finally won one of the coveted statues, after having been snubbed eight times.
The real news after the ceremony was Viola Davis’s win. She became the first black woman to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in the award show’s nearly seven-decade history.
In addition to the above scheduled guests, the 67th annual Emmys also featured Jimmy Fallon, LL Cool J, Will Forte, Terrence Howard, and Lady Gaga as presenters. Besides Hamm, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kevin Spacey, Kerry Washington, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler were all spotted in the front row.