Highlights from winners at the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards

Would you believe Saturday Night Live took home the most Emmy Awards in 2017?

Weird, right. But without Game of Thrones, or Mad Men, or Breaking Bad, or The Sopranos before them, there was no eligible primetime drama that really caught America’s full attention as much as the news and the fact that the news seemed more like straight parody or mockery most of the time. So why not SNL. The Handmaid’s Tale did bring home the big drama prizes for series, actress and supporting actress for Hulu’s first big Emmy splash this year. But SNL with nine (9) Emmys ruled them all.

More people were talking afterward, however, about host Stephen Colbert’s decision to invite disgraced former White House press secretary Sean Spicer onstage to poke fun at himself and at Emmy-winner Melissa McCarthy’s satire of him. It’s all too sad and all too 2017.

On a lighter, less offensive note, Colbert opened the Emmys in 2017 with a musical number that incorporated several great actors and actresses from across the broadcast and cable and streaming networks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKv4LdN_JYs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcgYQYehA6Q

And on a more upbeat note, the Emmys recognized not only the brilliance of Donald Glover’s Atlanta with Emmys for acting and directing in his new FX series, but also the writing of Lena¬†Waithe and Aziz Ansari on Netflix’s Master of None, and the wonderful sketch playing of Kate McKinnon on SNL.

Here are our comedy friends and winners with their acceptance speeches. Roll ’em!

Donald Glover, outstanding lead actor in a comedy, for FX’s Atlanta, and also for directing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSlfYi5mOqU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9u3QiyfqMU

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, once again outstanding lead actress in a comedy, for HBO’s Veep:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA7fKhQnlKs

Kate McKinnon for supporting actress in a comedy for SNL:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGVaisR_Beg

Alec Baldwin for supporting actor in a comedy for SNL for playing Trump:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQm6jxRrksM

Lorne Michaels accepting for SNL as outstanding variety sketch series:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiUQKSDoTg8

HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver won for outstanding variety talk series:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaEo7jsY3m8

And Oliver and his staff accepting earlier for writing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBJgkrKno0Q

HBO’s Veep repeated for outstanding comedy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhjzudZOi4o

Ansari and Waithe accepting for comedy writing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMMjEeI78Ag

Last but not least, don’t forget to watch “The Best Part of the Show,” as performed by Rachel Bloom!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNeg5hgYY1A

Sean L. McCarthy

Editor and publisher since 2007, when he was named New York's Funniest Reporter. Former newspaper reporter at the New York Daily News, Boston Herald and smaller dailies and community papers across America. Loves comedy so much he founded this site.

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