Sarah Silverman flashed a vape pen filled with "liquid pot" on the Emmys red carpet Monday -- but said later that she wasn't high when she accepted her trophy.
"Flashed" might be the wrong word: She initially showed off the outside of her tiny gold bag on E!'s "clutch cam," which this year joined the network's "mani cam" for the first time in giving viewers a closer look at stars' nails and accessories. Giuliana Rancic then took Silverman's bag from her and started rummaging around in it.
"Can I look in it?," the host asked. "I can't believe you're letting me look in it."
Rancic first unearthed a cellphone with an American flag-themed cover -- "Murica," and all that -- but then Silverman herself grabbed and displayed a sleek vape pen.
"This is my pot. It's, um, liquid pot," Silverman explained. Never one to shy away from controversial material, that Sarah.
"OK, moving on ...," Rancic replied, seemingly unsure of whether her famous interviewee was joking, or maybe unsure of whether liquid weed was something her NBC-owned network would be happy to have on camera.
The moment was not included in one E! compilation of mani- and clutch-cam moments, though Silverman's explanation of her unmanicured nails made the cut. "These are working hands," she'd exclaimed.
The E! Online website did mention the vape pen, as well as the two-time Emmy winner's prominently displayed breasts, in a story.
After her win for writing for a variety special, "Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles," she was quizzed about the vape pen by reporters backstage. "I had pot for later in my purse," she said. "It's legal and I don't drink. I like to have a puff as a treat at appropriate times."
The comic was pithier later in the evening while telling a TMZ cameraman essentially the same thing: "I like to have a little pop-a-roonie end of night, when all is said and done, because I'm a grown woman."
An apparently unasked question, at least in the Emmys media room? Whether "Masters of Sex" star Michael Sheen's girlfriend had been high on the red carpet. Watch the video and decide, perhaps.
One thing for sure: Silverman's awesome barefoot run up the award show's stairs to accept her trophy sparked up additional speculation that she'd indulged in at least a few pre-party puffs.
Actress Anna Kendrick was among those cheering Silverman on via Twitter with a message presuming the funny lady had in fact been extremely high. "Live your life girl!," she wrote, later saying of Julia Roberts, "Girl, you might be drunk but you look FLY."
And about that barefoot thing:
"My Jewish mom wears overalls and two different colored socks, so I think she'd think it was cool," Silverman told reporters backstage after being asked what her mom would think. "Don't tell anyone I'm doing this. They hurt.
"They're by Geppetto and I remember that because he made Pinocchio and clearly designed shoes for the Nazi war effort."