Kenan Thompson Kicks Off The Emmys With Oprah Winfrey, A Tribute To TV Theme Songs & Lots Of Jokes

By Melissa Romualdi.

Kenan Thompson’s opening monologue at the 2022 Emmy Awards included a nod to popular TV theme songs, dancers, props and Oprah Winfrey, who reminded everyone that the odds of winning an Emmy are “300 million to one.”

The “Saturday Night Live” star took over the stage, poking fun at celebrities young and old, from Leonardo DiCaprio’s girlfriends to Netflix’s elder nominees Martin Short and Steve Martin.


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Referring to the “Only Murders in the Building” co-stars — Short, 72, and Martin, 77 — who were sitting front row, the comedian joked that “it will only take 15 minutes [for them] to walk up here.”

Thompson also targeted “Succession”‘s lack of diversity: “The only show that’s got three brothers and no brothers.”

Thompson, 44, called TV “the greatest invention in the history of mankind” then listed alternatives like books and TikTok (a.k.a. “tiny vertical television”).


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To see Thompson pay tribute to classic TV theme songs, from “Friends” and “The Brady Bunch” to “Stranger Things” and “Game of Thrones”, check out his full monologue in the clip above.

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2022 Emmys Red Carpet



Kenan Thompson Kicks Off The Emmys With Oprah Winfrey, A Tribute To TV Theme Songs & Lots Of Jokes

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