At Stephen Colbert's first Emmys hosting gig, he conveniently roasted Donald Trump and Hollywood's television industry
If someone had something remotely positive to celebrate after Donald Trump's presidency, it has to be the continuous influx of funny guys making jabs at America's Commander-in-Chief. Sharing a similarly negative fate with last year's Brexit (which comedian Russell Howard credited for making comics even funnier), Trump's presidency has resulted in the American public and the world-at-large tuning in to late night television now more than ever. Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show, has particularly peaked — his ratings skyrocketed ever since Trump's campaign, with this new and improved version of The Colbert Report. Whether it's dissing Trump for his tweets, questioning his political moves or simply making jabs at his personality, Colbert's in top form when it comes to politically-charged comedy.
It's no surprise then, that the Emmys 2017 provided him the ultimate platform to broadcast some seriously funny lines. Although other standouts of the night included Sean Spicer stealing the show and a diverse winners list, Colbert triumphed in his timely delivery of these five best lines below.
On the superficial nature of award shows and looking the part: "This room is crackling with the collective energy of people who for the last 48 hours have consumed nothing but distilled water and crest white strips."
On the popularity of Game of Thrones: "If you do win, don't forget to thank everyone who helped you get up here, mainly Game of Thrones for not being eligible this year."
On choosing Donald Trump as an Emmy winner: "We know that the biggest TV star of the last year is Donald Trump...I thought you people loved morally compromised antiheroes. You like Walter White. He's just Walter Much Whiter."
On the roles available for women in Hollywood: "Now we've got amazing shows like Stranger Things. Millie Bobby Brown is here tonight. She's amazing in that show, proving once and for all that there are roles in Hollywood for women over 12."
On Netlix gaining recognition: "Netflix alone raked in 92 Emmy nominations this year. Yes, sure. Why not? And may I remind you, five years ago their hottest show was a scratched DVD of Finding Nemo?"