Look, I’m just going to come right out and say it: I laughed more in the first 30 minutes of last night’s Emmy Awards than I’ve laughed in the last five telecasts combined. Singing, dancing, Slushees, Jane Lynch. And as far as openings go it doesn’t get better than the giddy, self-deprecating “Born to Run” Glee parody that featured pretty much everyone you love. No, really, everyone.
Yes, that’s Jane with host Jimmy Fallon and the Glee kids, Tina Fey, Jon Hamm, Joel McHale, Tim Gunn, Randy Jackson, Hurley from Lost, that girl from The Vampire Diaries and the ubiquitous Betty White. Heck, even Kate Gosselin was funny, and I’ve never typed those words before – ever. Really, you should see it for yourself.
Awards were handed out in genre blocks and producers wisely chose to start with comedy. It’s been an amazing year for funny business, with newcomers Modern Family and Glee barnstorming a category dominated by 30 Rock for the past three years. From the night’s first award, it was clear there was a new sheriff in town. Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet beat out three out gay men (Chris Colfer, Neil Patrick Harris and Jesse Tyler Ferguson) by playing a gay man to take home best comedy supporting actor.
So instead the night’s first out winner was the inimitable Jane Freaking Lynch, who takes home her first Emmy for best comedy supporting actress. After her name was announced, Jane gave wife Lara Embry a kiss on the lips. Then on stage she gave Stephen Colbert a kiss on the lips, too, for good measure. But there was no question where her real affections were as she closed her alternately hilarious and heartfelt acceptance speech with, “I love you my wife, Lara, and my little girl, Haden.”
Dear Jane: Please win every award ever. And bring along your lovely wife, Lara. We want to stare at you two forever while going, “Awwww.” Thanks, The Universe.