THE SMOOTH TALKERS AT THE EMMYS
Ahead of the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, let’s take a look at some of the boldest, wittiest and funniest hosts over the past decade
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS
Having hosted the show twice, Neil Patrick Harris is a pro when it comes to hosting by now and in spite of the overwhelming pressure, he has never failed to disappoint. Mid-way through an act in 2013, he stripped off his blazer and performed a comedic routine with a troupe of male-backing dancers that poked fun at the obligatory song and dance routines on award shows. His unbridled charm is what makes him a truly ‘legendary’ host.
The man of the hour, this year, is Stephen Colbert who has been announced as the host for the upcoming 69th Primetime Emmy Awards. Colbert, the host for The Late Show, is all set to keep up the momentum of charismatic hosts going for the biggest award show in television history.
No clichés for Seth Meyers, who went for the minimalistic approach in his stint as a host for the Emmy awards, in 2014. His breezy charm won hearts as he gave us the juicy insider know-how on TV’s glitterati.
His effortless vibe was infectious last year. His monologues were delivered with panache, with one of his sketches beginning with a video montage that saw him hitching a ride to the Emmys with various cast members. From his jabs about Game of Thrones to poking at issues like politics and diversity, Kimmel’s zingers had the audience in splits. The jokes about the mismatch within the shows and categories as well as the rift between broadcast versus cable provided unique insights into the madness of the U.S. television industry. Seth Myers kept the banter light and upbeat.
When the comedienne, best known for her role in Glee, hosted the annual ceremony in 2011, she showcased multiple talents! The act flowed seamlessly, rife with jokes, sketches and her prancing around stage. The quicktongued Sue Sylvester even moonlighted on the stage in a skit. She poked fun at herself for losing the previous year and wryly commented on the deluge of Modern Family nominations at the awards.
Given the grave mood in the U.S. in 2001, Ellen DeGeneres’s sardonic humor earned her several standing ovations during her opening speech, which included a one-liner that went viral at the time, ‘Would you upset the Taliban more than a gay woman wearing a suit in front of a room full of Jews?’ Her ability to pull of the sassiest of lines with a straight face were what sizzled her hosting skills to the next level.