The 6 Best Emmy Moments, Courtesy of TV’s Funniest Ladies

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Can’t remember anything that happened at last year’s Primetime Emmy Awards? Don’t worry, you were probably too busy watching Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Dexter (you poor, poor soul), or a Law and Order: SVU repeat. (It was the one where Detective Stabler took the case to heart, wasn’t it?) To jog your memory, here is our review: “Meh.” Pretty much everything that you thought would happen, happened: Neil Patrick Harris performed a song-and-dance routine, teleprompters were read with little pizazz, and Jim Parsons‘ reign over the Best Actor in a Comedy category continued. But we do have hope that this year will be different — we have a new host (Seth Meyers… so yeah, still a white dude), new shows (Orange is the New Black! American Horror Story: Coven!), and a new-found tolerance of all things Matthew McConaughey.

Sure, the Emmy’s can run a bit long, but there have always been some glittering moments that stood out from the typical award show drudgery, most of which involve TV’s funniest ladies. Coincidence? We think not. In order to prime you for tonight’s three-hour long excursion into the land of bedazzled dresses and bad speeches, we’ve rounded up our some of our favorite Emmys moments featuring our favorite small-screen gals. Let’s start with last year, shall we?


There was Merritt Wever‘s surprise win for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy and her even more surprising acceptance speech, which was seemingly the only thing that people talked about, for good reason.


Not to be outdone, Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘ acceptance speech for her fourth career Emmy was a perfectly executed homage to Veep‘s much-beloved interpersonal bumbling.

And Amy Poehler and Tina Fey were their wonderful, genius selves, heckling Neil Patrick Harris during his opening sequence. #Misandry. -1 for the tired “twerking” joke; +1000 for the 3D glasses and for giving me a new perfect popcorn gif. Internet commentors, beware!

The 2011 Emmys quickly became the 2011 Miss Giggles Pageant when the Best Actress in a Comedy nominees hijacked the stage. As Robe Lowe and Sofia Vergara presented the category, Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy, Martha Plimpton, Edie Falco, Tina Fey, and Laura Linney all stormed the podium like a funnier, fiercer D-Day. Even better than the makeshift Prom Court? When McCarthy was named the winner, the reaction from her fellow nominees was enthusiastic and genuinely touching.

After a series of (unprecedented) cancellations, Ellen DeGeneres finally assumed hosting duties of the 53rd Primetime Emmy Awards seven weeks late and skillfully guided a tense and timid audience into laughter and, eventually, a standing ovation. Without DeGeneres’ rare combination of humor, insight, and heart, who knows if the awards show would’ve worked.

“Oh, I’m really in trouble,” comedy legend Lucille Ball gasped when she realized that she had to present an Emmy without her reading glasses. A few wrong envelopes, an Art Carney appearance, and one wine glass later, Ball was able to fulfill her duties and pass the Women in Comedy torch to The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

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