Stephen Colbert kicked off the 69th Emmy Awards telecast with a song-and-dance number, with the whole thing dedicated to the fact that real life is pretty shitty and TV is fun and cool. It was a catchy performance with a number of cameos from people who appear in popular TV shows, and it even ended with a bunch of Handmaid’s Tale-themed backup dancers.
His actual monologue continued with that theme, taking a short break to highlight the work of first-responders who are helping with the victims of the recent hurricanes. He also brought up the unavoidability of streaming content, HBO trying to pay off its hackers, and the fact that Donald Trump is a pathetic worm who is obsessed with himself. Also, Sean Spicer came out for a bit about Colbert’s massive Emmys crowd size, which was kind of weird and sad.
Basically, the message was clear: TV is pretty cool, and Donald Trump is not. That’s something we can all get behind. We’ll update with a full video as soon as it becomes available.