I’ve seen a lot of Emmy Awards broadcasts, and while there have definitely been some stellar hosts in the past, I think Jimmy Fallon as Emmys host has to be the tops.
Now, here’s a full disclaimer: I’ve got a mad crush on Jimmy Fallon (have had one since he giggled his way through sketches on SNL and sat at the Weekend Update desk with Tina Fey), so my judgment may be clouded slightly by my schoolgirl infatuation.
From the top though, Jimmy Fallon started strong – the Emmy opening number was top-notch, with kick-ass energy that started things off with a bang. I think Fallon gets high marks for his show opening. Bonus points for not doing an overly long stand-up shtick following the opening number, with Fallon only taking a slight jab at the NBC/Conan O’Brien debacle, then questioning, “Too soon?”
Fallon used his trusty guitar and a little help from the celebs in the audience to introduce each category genre, and while some Twitter comments noted that it got old fast, I thought it was pretty cute and clever. Heck, even seeing Kim Kardashian sing along wasn’t nearly annoying as I feared.
Jimmy Fallon’s Emmys hosting gig wasn’t overinflated with self-important “look at me” moments, either. He took to the stage to sing tributes to fallen shows 24, Law & Order and Lost, pulling off what has to be the most impressive quick changes ever as he morphed from Elton John to Boyz II Men, to Green Day.
When Fallon introduced presenters, it was fun and quippy – most memorable has to be Fallon’s reference that Tom Selleck is his real dad. Selleck’s reaction of a pause, a shrug and “Okay” was sweet and hilarious.
So, to recap, Jimmy Fallon as Emmy host set the bar very high for future stars to take over – then again, maybe we’ll be seeing Fallon back next year?
How do you rate Jimmy Fallon’s Emmy hosting performance? Am I too much in my cloudy crush haze – or was he really that good?