Stephen Colbert took aim at streaming video, Bill Maher, and of course Donald Trump in his opening monologue at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards. Beginning with an opening musical number featuring the casts of “This Is Us,” “Veep,” and even a dancing Demogorgon from “Stranger Things,” Colbert emerged onstage flanked by a chorus of handmaids. Colbert saved his most pointed barbs for Trump, even highlighting the president’s Emmy loss for “Celebrity Apprentice,” culminating in a surprise appearance by former press secretary Sean Spicer. After watching Colbert’s opening number and monologue, we want to know what you think of how Colbert is doing so far. Did Colbert’s song-and-dance number win you over? Vote in our poll below.
Tonight marks Colbert’s first time at bat as host of a competitive awards show after spending the last three years as host of the Kennedy Center Honors. Colbert certainly came into tonight’s ceremony with a high bar already set by last year’s emcee Jimmy Kimmel, who recently gave Colbert some advice about hosting television’s biggest night.
Colbert entered tonight’s ceremony win nine career Emmy wins, for his work on both “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and his own Comedy Central series, “The Colbert Report.” But he could leave the ceremony tonight with more Emmy hardware to go along with his applause and critical raves. Colbert goes into tonight’s Emmys with nominations for Best Variety Talk Series and Best Variety Series Writing for “Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” He received additional nominations for his election night special, “Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t?”