Along with Sandra Oh, Andy Samberg hosts the Golden Globes for the first time this Sunday. However, the “Saturday Night Live” grad has emceed a major awards show before — the 2015 Emmys, to be precise. Ahead of Sunday’s show, here’s a look back at how he fared, according to our Times TV critic. This review was originally published Sept. 21, 2015.
Andy Samberg may have said he didn't care what the critics thought of his performance as host of this year's Emmys, but he oversaw a telecast that was a critic's dream. Fast-paced and mercifully uncluttered by too much "hostiness," the telecast mostly stayed out of its own way, with just enough jokes that didn't work to make us appreciate the ones that did.
Samberg opened with a musical number in which, having agreed to host the Emmys, he swears (in song) to watch every episode of every show. The overwhelming nature of this tasks entails locking himself in a bunker only to emerge one year later, tattered, unshaven and smelly.