This year, the nerds took over the Emmys.
“30 Rock” scribe Matt Hubbard, picking up his Emmy for comedy writing, set the stage for a geek-filled evening by thanking “Walter Patterson for punching me in the 8th grade and turning me into a comedy writer.”
Immediately after, Jon Cryer — still known to millions of 1980s movie fans as the lovelorn geek Duckie in “Pretty in Pink” — picked up his first Emmy.
Also during the broadcast, the winners for original music and lyrics — which included “Community” creator Dan Harmon and “Sarah Silverman Program’s” Rob Schrab — admitted that they weren’t on par with some of the category’s more telegenic nominees (like Justin Timberlake).
Harmon, Schrab and company won for the opening number they wrote for Hugh Jackman’s Oscar-hosting gig. And they knew their category was pushed into primetime with the hopes that one of their other fellow nominees (like the aforementioned Timberlake) might win.
“And you guys gave the award to the nerdiest, ugliest people,” said one of the songwriters. “We apologize for that… Just the least televisable you could have ever given this award to.”
How geeky was this year’s Emmys? “The Daily Show’s” John Hodgman, also known as the PC in Apple’s series of PC vs. Mac commercials, served as the telecast announcer. And host Neil Patrick Harris starred in a clip as “Dr. Horrible,” the Joss Whedon Web sensation.
Even “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams got into the act. In a clip reciting the names of “Saturday Night Live’s” writers, Williams summed up that motley crew in one word: “Nerds.”