Host Stephen Colbert stuck to this theme in his jaunty opening musical number at Sunday’s exuberant 69th Primetime Emmy Awards show on CBS.
He was joined in cameo appearances from the likes of Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale of “Veep,” along with a dancing kick line of chorus girls in “Handmaid’s Tale” robes and bonnets.
Louis-Dreyfus won again — the sixth consecutive time — for her acting work in HBO’s “Veep,” a record that is less for TV fans to examine and more a job for physicists who study award-show inertia.
“I didn’t know you could applaud and pat yourselves on the back at the same time,” Colbert said, after noting that Emmys this year had again improved its diversity record, reflected in this year’s nominees.
Waithe is the first black woman to win an Emmy for writing on a comedy series (the first one ever to be nominated, for crying out loud, all the way in 2017), which she accepted with emphatic style and grace.
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