Was that the 2018 Emmys or an episode of “Saturday Night Live”?
The 70th Emmy Awards opened with a celebrity song-and-dance skit spearheaded by longtime “SNL” cast members Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson. Called “We Solved It,” it covered the diversity problem in Hollywood. (Spoiler alert: They haven’t solved it.) Former “SNL” cast member Andy Samberg even made an appearance.
Moments later, out came the evening’s Emmy hosts: “SNL” cast members and “Weekend Update” co-hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost.
The duo quickly fell into their “Weekend Update” rhythm, riffing on Hollywood’s lack of diversity, the #MeToo movement, and the cancellation of “Roseanne.” Che even managed to get in a joke about race in Boston, a topic he has touched on in the past.
Here are some highlights from the pair’s opening monologue.
— Che: “It is an honor to be here sharing this night with the many, many talented and creative people in Hollywood who haven’t been caught yet.”
— Jost: “This year the audience is allowed to drink in their seats. I hope you’re excited about that. Because the one thing Hollywood needs right now is people losing their inhibitions at a work function.”
— Jost: “I don’t know if you know this, but the first Emmys were held back in 1949. Things were very different back then. Gas was 17 cents a gallon, a new home cost $7,000, and we all agreed that Nazis were bad.”
— Jost: “Netflix of course has the most nominations tonight. And if you’re a network executive, that’s the scariest thing you can possibly hear, except maybe, ‘Sir, Ronan Farrow is on line one.'”
— Che: “‘Blackish’ is nominated. ‘Blackish’ is also how I’ve been asked to behave tonight.”
— Che: “‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is nominated. I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ takes place in an imaginary future where an entire group of people are violently forced to work and make babies against their will. It’s what black people call history. It’s ‘Roots’ for white women.”
— Che: “Congratulations to Laurie Metcalf. I mean, wow. That’s incredible. You know how great an actress you have to be to get nominated for ‘Roseanne’ now? That’s like nominating a cop for a BET Award.”
— Jost: “There’s even more diversity coming to TV. There’s a Latino ‘Magnum PI.’ There’s going to be a black Samantha in a reboot of ‘Bewitched.’ But it’s going to get balanced out by an all-white reboot of ‘Atlanta’ called ’15 Miles Outside of Atlanta.’ And it focuses on white women who call the police on the cast of ‘Atlanta.'”
— Che: “I love ‘Cheers.’ But you’re telling me they made a show about an all-white sports bar in 1980s Boston, and not one black dude walked in, saw everybody, and then walked right back out immediately? I would have.”