Kenan Thompson opened the 74th Annual Emmys with a musical number that brought together dozens of dancers, metal guitarists and a stroll through television’s past.
TV’s biggest night began with the Saturday Night Live and Kenan star dancing to some of TV’s most iconic theme songs.
“We could always sing to them, but we could never dance to them. Until now,” Thompson said of the “legally cleared” theme songs.
With the help of his dance crew, colorful props and energetic choreography, Thompson kicked off his performance by waving a red umbrella “Singin’ in the Rain” style to the popular “Friends” theme.
Next was a remix of the theme “The Brady Bunch” in the opening sequence, with a cameo of the surviving original cast members seated together at a table. Then came a fancy remix of the “Law & Order: SVU” opening and a brief cameo from Ice-T (or rather, Thompson as the “SVU” actor he portrayed on “SNL”).
Rounding out the theme song compilation were remixes of “Stranger Things” – featuring a snippet from Metallica’s “Masters of Puppets” – and “Game of Thrones”, complete with Thompson donning a blonde wig in homage to Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen.
In August, NBC hired the longtime Saturday Night Live cast member to host its annual television awards ceremony. He followed fellow comedian Cedric the Entertainer, who got the party started last year with a tribute to the late Biz Markie.
“I feel great. There’s a great team involved,” the multiple Emmy nominee told the Times. “I definitely don’t feel like I’m floating out there alone. I’m really excited. Some great pieces are coming together.”
Thompson expected to take a simple approach — “keep up a good monologue and the energy” — to ensure an enjoyable evening. But his measure of success is “joke landings.”
“If there’s a musical number, you have to capture that as well,” he said. “I just have to do my part”
The 74th Emmys will be broadcast live on NBC tonight from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. At the start of the ceremony, HBO’s “Succession” and Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” garnered the most nominations, with 25 and 20 nominations, respectively.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-09-12/2022-emmys-host-kenan-thompson-opening-performance Host Kenan Thompson lets his feet do the talking at Emmys