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Emmys Host Andy Samberg: I’m Qualified Cause I’m White & Watched Every Show

Sun, September 20, 2015 8:31pm EDT by 2 Comments

Andy Samberg may be the host of the 2015 Emmy Awards, but he apparently hadn’t watched any of the TV shows that were nominated — no, like any shows ever. Andy put on a smash musical number as the opening number to let everyone know he FINALLY watched everything — and BTW, he’s also white.

Andy Samberg, 37, started off the night at the 2015 Emmy Awards with a raucous opening number that included tons of his famous friends, and harkened back to his Lonely Island days making Digital Shorts for SNL. It started out as a hilarious musical montage of all the best hits of the year, but ended with a few things to know about his hosting qualifications: he’s now seen every single TV show, and also he’s white. Oh.


Some awards show hosts go full-out elaborate, like Jimmy Fallon, who choreographed musical numbers on stage. Some hosts go simple, like Seth Meyers, who opted to do a hilarious monologue instead of pulling out all the stops. But Andy is in a category all by himself!

His opening number shows him sitting around a table with some friends, who cannot believe that he hasn’t seen a single one of the shows they’re talking about. Andy gets increasingly anxious, and rushes out to buy complete seasons of anything he cannot get his hands on. He shuts himself in a binge-watch bunker for an entire year, and misses his son Billy Eichner grow up, all in the name of getting caught up on some sweet TV.

Once he’s fully caught up on TV and has grown a Rip Van Winkle-esque beard, Andy emerges and skips around town, visiting the stars of all his fave shows, like Jon Hamm and Kerry Washington, who learn the hard way that there wasn’t a shower or toilet in his bunker. Awkward moment: letting Nathan Fillion know that he hadn’t actually gotten around to seeing Castle while he was in there! Poor guy!

After a Les Miserables showdown with Will Forte ended because, you know, binge watching isn’t illegal like stealing bread, Andy scampered off with Bob Odenkirk to show off his knowledge of everything 2015 TV — including about 100 shows with “wife or wives” in the title. He’s got them all down!

So that’s why he’s qualified to host the Emmys! That’s it! And he also points out that he’s white. Andy! That wasn’t the first time he touched on race in just the opening moments of the show. After ending the musical number and starting his monologue, Andy commented that this was the most diverse Emmys in history — “Racism is over. Don’t fact check that.” Andy, seriously.

HollywoodLifers, what did you think about the Emmys opening number? Tell us in the comments and take our poll!

— Samantha Wilson