The Emmys: An SNL-Filled Night

Caroline Fortuna  ‘19/ Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary. Photo Credit: EW.com
Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary. Photo Credit: EW.com
Many of the funniest stars in show business got their start on Saturday Night Live.  SNL casts a large web between seemingly unconnected stars and shows the unique connection between people who have crossed the SNL stage.  The variety show is like a playground for some of the funniest and wittiest people in the country, and now former SNL stars like Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Jimmy Fallon are relocating their playground to the Emmys.
The host is former SNL star Andy Samberg, and he just delivered one of the most epic introductory video segments followed by a well-written monologue.  Thanks SNL.
Parks and Recreation is nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series and Amy Poehler nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.  Jimmy Fallon is nominated for Outstanding Variety Talk Series and Portlandia, starring SNL alum Fred Armisen, is nominated for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.  The list continues with SNL itself nominated for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and Kate McKinnon for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.  Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, created by Tina Fey, is up for Outstanding Comedy Series and Will Forte for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. If you are not already winded by this long list of recognitions, try adding everybody who has ever hosted (Louie C.K. and Amy Schumer to name a few.) Thanks SNL.
All these people deserve the the ultimate recognition of an Emmy. SNL is simply the best of the best.  When audiences watch award shows like the Emmys, eyes are immediately drawn to SNL stars and alum because they carry a distinct sense of charisma and most importantly, don’t fit into the confines of a formal award show.  They give the show life and elicit true laughter from the audience.  There are average award show jokes and antics, and then there are SNL-themed jokes and antics. The show has been a tremendous success thus far. Audiences will be excited to keep their eyes open tonight for all the people that were ever a cast member or host, or even those with some other connection to Saturday Night Live. Thanks SNL.

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