The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star did a very SNL-inspired filmed opener (in fact, it was pretty much this SNL sketch turned to 11) about Samberg locking himself in a bunker to watch everything on television. And we mean everything. With cameos from Jon Hamm, Kerry Washington, Billy Eichner, Will Forte, and Bob Odenkirk, the fast-paced bit poked fun at everything from TV-obsessed culture to the absurd amount of wife-related reality shows out there. It was definitely one of the best moments of the evening, but how did Samberg do during his opening monologue and the rest of the night?
Check ’em out:
Best: Samberg warns early on that “Justin Timberlake is not coming.”
Worst: “Suck it books.” C’mon, man, books have a hard enough time, and in case you didn’t know, a bunch of your audience members (including Amy Poehler) wrote some damn great ones this year.
Best: This sick burn: After Samberg talked about Mad Men and Parks and Recreation ending this year he added, “And so did True Detective, even though it’s still on the air.”
Worst: There’s plenty of barbs to be thrown at the likes of Bill Cosby, Robert Blake, and Jared Fogle, and the best he could do was “Not a good year for dudes who love hoagies”?
Best: Samberg’s double-whammy insult at Paula Deen on Dancing With the Stars: “If I wanted to watch an intolerant lady dance I would have gone to one of Kim Davis’s four weddings.”
Worst: Samberg didn’t have so a punchline, so much as just a statement that the wage gap and the age gap in Hollywood are still way off. Why not dig into the sexist industry rather than state the obvious?
Best: His idea for a Mad Men prequel: “Dick Whitman: Horny Hobo.”
Worst: Jerry/Garry/Terry/Gerry/Larry getting killed by an Emmy. Dammit, Jerry/Garry/Terry/Gerry/Larry! Let this be a warning: Emmys kill.
Best: Samberg somehow effortlessly pulling off a joke that Uzo Abudo is the new Ed Asner, and that Allison Janney is the new Ed Asner and the old Uzo Abudo. That’s nothing short of a comedy miracle.
Worst: Samberg and his former SNL co-star Seth Meyers devoting a lame bit to Lorne Michaels right as the lead to the Best Actress in a Comedy award. Remember that whole thing about women not being represented properly in Hollywood? Yeah.
Best: This very risque interpretation of this season of Girls.
ICYMI: here's Andy Samberg’s impression of Girls last season pic.twitter.com/ETIvoEnGKO
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) September 21, 2015
Best: Samberg giving all of us an HBOGo login that actually worked! Try it! Login is firstname.lastname@example.org and the password is password1.
— Nerdist.com (@NerdistDotCom) September 21, 2015
Worst: That Bruce Springsteen fake-out. Not cool, Andy, not cool.
Best: After Jon Hamm’s long-awaited and long-overdue win, Samberg joked that he was pulling for Kyle Chandler. “Dig that dude.” We all do.
Best: His hosting job as a whole. Simply put: Samberg slayed.