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Who is the Emmys 2019 announcer cracking those snarky jokes?

Thomas Lennon
“Reno 911!” actor Thomas Lennon was the 71st Emmy Awards’ announcer.
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Remember that guy Thomas Lennon from the “Night at the Museum” film series? From “Reno 911!”? Maybe not, but his voice made a prominent appearance during the 71st Emmy Awards’ hostless ceremony.

The comedian, actor and writer was a cast member on “The State,” MTV’s 1990s sketch series that featured bizarre characters and scenarios. He also played the mustachioed, short-shorts-wearing Lt. Jim Dangle in the mockumentary-style “Reno 911!,” which aired on Comedy Central from 2003 to 2009.

His screenwriting credits include the “Night at the Museum” movies, the 2017 action-comedy film “Baywatch” and “The Pacifier,” all of which he wrote with his longtime writing partner Robert Ben Garant.

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Lennon has helped keep the spirit of the awards show lively, quipping about “Fleabag’s” Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Britain’s most popular bridge and calling the HBO series “Chernobyl” the “little nuclear disaster that could.”

His charm seems to have paid off: Twitter users are mostly, but not entirely, approving of him.

Read more of The Times’ Emmy coverage.

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