Cedric the Entertainer kicked off the 2021 Emmys with a monologue that was not a monologue. As a substitute of following the custom of telling jokes, the comedian kicked off the present with a star-studded karaoke tribute to TV and Biz Markie. Cedric was joined by LL Cool J, Lil Dicky, the celebrities of Hamilton, Mandy Moore, and a bevy of different superstars in a model of Biz Markie’s “Only a Buddy” that was centered on TV because the pined-for pal in query. Whereas this yr’s Emmys mark one thing of a return to normalcy for Hollywood as TV stars walked the pink carpet to fete one another in particular person, followers at dwelling are sort of break up on the kooky intro quantity. Nicely, at the very least, they’re break up on Chet Hanks’s mother, Rita Wilson.
The 2021 Emmys opened with a montage of a few of our favourite TV moments of the final yr after which reduce to a pre-taped scene the place an off-the-cuff Cedric the Entertainer defined a few of his fondest reminiscences are watching TV together with his grandmother. He then emerged on the Emmys stage (with a dancing man carrying a tv set on his head) and started wrapping together with Biz Markie’s “Only a Buddy.” Then LL Cool J joined in and it appeared mics had been sprinkled across the viewers. Whereas a few of the visitor spots had been welcome — we see you, Dave star Lil Dicky — a few of the appearances had been head-scratchers. The tremendous upbeat quantity nonetheless drew raves from some TV followers…
Whereas it appears people are unanimously stoked about the truth that the not too long ago deceased Biz Markie was honored (as was our love of TV), Rita Wilson drew…combined critiques. And lots of Chet Hanks jokes.
After the primary two awards had been handed out to Ted Lasso stars Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein (and a well-timed industrial break), Cedric the Entertainer returned for a delayed monologue opining on the state of Black entertainers on TV, joking that WandaVision sounded prefer it must be a Wanda Sykes car.
The 2021 Emmy Awards are airing on CBS.
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