And the jokes werent limited to the monologue; the show featured zingers from Sandra Oh, Kenan Thompson and more presenters. If you missed the ceremony and dont feel like wading through the awkward moments to get to the laughs, weve got you covered! Here are the best jokes from the Emmys:
The old unwritten rule that men should stick to simple black suits and ties on awards carpets has been gradually changing over the years, but the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards firmly killed that notion for good. Whether it was Darren Criss in his funky patterned suit, RuPaul in a chic, punk-influenced moment or Chris Sullivan being the definition of peacocking, this was the year the boys showed the rules have finally been forever changed.
Emmys host Michael Che says the only white people who thank Jesus at award shows are Republicans, 'ex-crackheads.' The joke didn't sit well with some viewers.
The 70th Annual Emmy Awards kicked off with a slew of political jokes and jabs as expected. But one remark from co-host Michael Che left many viewers upset.
The fight to appear relevant, self-aware, and in touch has led to more political themes taking the front seat at shows like the Golden Globes and Oscars. But theres a strong tension there, as the Television Academy wants to avoid alienating a polarized audience that may be offended by any political content outside of its preferred brand. That tension came to a head in last nights Emmys broadcast, a surreal, dissonant descent into the uncanny valley of intent vs. impact that was somehow even more embarrassing than the Academys simple traditional snubbing of good television.
During Ches opening monologue with his fellow "Saturday Night Live" star Colin Jost, Che explained that his mother would not be watching the show on Monday night.
"My mother is not watching," Che said. "She says she doesnt like watching white award shows because you guys dont thank Jesus enough."
He continued, "Thats true. The only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads."
"Okay @DaytimeEmmys #MichaelChe I am not a Republican neither an ex- crack head do I get to thank #Jesus according to your standards? Im a believer any and WILL thank JESUS! Really bad writing," one user wrote.
"More Colin Just and Michael Ches opening monologue bombed harder than I ever could have dreamed," another tweeted.
"This has to be one of the dumbest remarks Ive ever heard from some Hollywood actor. Absolutely outrageous!" another tweet read.
Before Che and Jost took the stage, the Emmys started with a song whose chorus was "We Solved It," a comic ode to the diversity of nominees — and Hollywood self-satisfaction.
"Saturday Night Live" stars and Emmy nominees Monday night Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson started the song, pointing out that Sandra Oh could become the first woman of Asian descent to win an Emmy.
They were joined by Tituss Burgess, Kristen Bell, Sterling K. Brown and Ricky Martin, who declared the song "too white" and gave it a Latin turn.
Andy Samberg showed up to ask in song if there was a place for a straight white male in the song before being sent off. Martin and Samberg were met with loud cheers inside Microsoft Theater.