2014 Emmy Awards: The Most Memorable Moments
2014 Emmy Awards: The Most Memorable Moments
Jennifer Lind-Westbrook
Jennifer Lind-Westbrook
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Seth Meyers kicked off the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards with the traditional comedic monologue. In a perfect world, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler would always host awards shows, but Meyers was entertaining. The Emmys airing on a Monday, the ever-increasing nominations for cable shows and now Netflix, and the often confusing and controversial nominations (OITNB as a comedy?) were the source of his better jokes. His best zinger by far? When he threw some shade at his own network, NBC. "Congratulations to HBO. They have 99 nominations tonight, the most of any network. Not to be outdone, NBC is also a network."

Meyers definitely got by with the help of his friends, be they fellow late night talk show hosts, Saturday Night Live alumni or both, including Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon, Fred Armisen and Andy Samberg.

Here are a few more highlights of the night's telecast:

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Funny or Die Guy Delivers

Seth and Funny or Die's Billy Eichner (Billy on the Street) presented a pre-recorded comedic bit the two did in NYC. In an special Emmy version of Eichner's show, which usually tests the pop culture literacy of unsuspecting strangers on the street, Eichner offered a dollar to anyone who agreed with him or could answer questions about TV's big night. He asked one man who was hosting the Emmys, and even given a big hint and Meyers' presence, the man still mistook the host for Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Wins, Again

While her third consecutive win proves newcomers can have a hard time triumphing over perennial favorites, Louis-Dreyfus always reminds us that her accolades are well-deserved. After presenting the award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, Julia told Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston that he resembled the man who played dentist and Elaine love interest Dr. Tim Whatley on Seinfeld. Cranston tried to jog her memory but was dismissed by his co-presenter. After being named the Best Actress in a Comedy, Cranston grabbed Louis-Dreyfus on her way to the podium and the two made out with such fervor, it will forever leave the Oscar kiss between Adrien Brody and Halle Berry in the dust.

Taking a Page from Ellen's Book

Getting the crowd involved, if the participants are good sports, is a fail-safe way to kill time and entertain the audience and the viewers. Meyers took time out to answer questions about how the Emmys work. These "questions" came from the likes of Jon Hamm, Fred Armisen, Melissa McCarthy and Julianna Margulies and included everything from when the show airs to parking to bathroom breaks and determining who gets the Emmy if the winner is absent.

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It was Pile-On Matthew McConaughey Night

Whether it was Jimmy Kimmel's good-natured but relentless ribbing or Amy Poehler and Meyers' sketch on how to best introduce the True Detective star and co-star Woody Harrelson, Matthew was the man of the evening. He was being accused of storing weed in a conch shell, being too handsome for television, not understanding the season finale of his HBO series, his name being a menu item at most marijuana dispensaries and being chatty in the sack. How could anyone riding such a career "high" be anything but tickled by all the attention? 

The Inevitable Musical Extravaganza

Weird Al Yankovic, with some help from Samberg, did what he does best: make up lyrics. This time, it was to TV theme songs from Mad Men, Modern Family and Scandal. The best by far was for Game of Thrones, which stressed how the show is outpacing the writing of author George R.R. Martin. Cut to Martin in the audience being handed a typewriter as Yankovic pled for him to write faster.

A New Twist and Turns

Usually, when the suits hit the stage, it's time to take a potty break. This year, the Chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences proved he had a sense of humor. While he extolled the virtues of the Academy, he had Modern Family's Sofia Vergara stand on a rotating platform knowing full well the crowd would rather look at her than listen to him. And then he stated, "What truly matters is that we never forget our success is based on always giving the viewers something compelling to watch."

In Memoriam

There was little doubt that a tribute to Robin Williams would surpass the actor and comic being just one photo among many. Sure enough, his longtime friend Billy Crystal comes out. Instead of being morose, Crystal told amusing anecdotes, which is only fitting given that that is, no doubt, how Williams would want to be remembered. Crystal stated how difficult it was to talk about Williams in the past tense because he was so present in all of our lives. His comparison to his dear friend as a celestial body was heartfelt and apropos.

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