Kenan Thompson desires to get again to actual tv — no extra quick clips recirculated on TikTok and studying books, or any of the opposite meaningless methods of passing time. The Saturday Night Live alum kicked off his internet hosting gig on the 2022 Emmy Awards on Monday evening with a hilarious opening skit that celebrated the media format – with a twist.

The comic and actor led the cost on a history-spanning, excessive manufacturing medley of basic tv theme songs up to date for the period of 100 gecs and SoundCloud rappers. Leading a group of Black and Latinx performers, Thompson transitioned by way of themes for primarily all-white exhibits, from an electro-trap mixture of the Brady Bunch opening track to an eerie Stranger Things callback and the Game of Thrones theme whereas donning a Party City Khaleesi wig.

“We’re all right here as a result of we love TV,” he later defined. “It helps make life simpler. We activate the information and each story is about wealthy individuals being grasping and shady – so we use TV to flee from all of that which exhibits like Succession, Ozark, and Better Call Saul.

Even Squid Game, as he notes, is rooted in debt and a desperation for cash. Steering away from getting too topical, Thompson shouted out the Abbot Elementary solid, who donated their Emmys advertising and marketing funds to native colleges, and determined he would take part in a charitable act of his personal.

“That’s what it’s all about, it’s about serving to these in want,” he stated. “That’s why all my wage from tonight’s present goes straight to Netflix.”

The streaming service caught a couple of jabs from the host, however none extra brutal than one geared toward Leonardo DiCaprio’s unusual courting habits.

“26 is a bizarre age in Hollywood,” he mused after wishing Zendaya a completely happy belated birthday. “I imply, you’re younger sufficient to play a highschool pupil however you’re too previous to this point Leonardo DiCaprio.”

While this was Thompson’s first time emceeing the ceremony, he’s no stranger to the Emmy Awards as a six-time nominee. Thompson most not too long ago acquired two nominations in 2021 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his comedy collection Kenan, in addition to a nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for SNL. And he received an Emmy for excellent unique music and lyrics in 2018 for the SNL track “Come Back, Barack.”

Thompson joined Saturday Night Live in 2003 and holds the report for the longest-tenured solid member in the present’s historical past. He additionally has intensive internet hosting expertise, emceeing the 2021 People’s Choice Awards and 2022 NHL Awards.

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