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Ranking the Best, Worst & Weirdest of Last Night's Emmy Presenter Pairings

By Vivian Kane | Lists | September 21, 2015 |

By Vivian Kane | Lists | September 21, 2015 |

Last night’s Emmy’s were full of deserved wins and great speeches, so it’s easy to overlook one of the weirdest parts of not just this show, but basically every awards show ever: the pairings of presenters. I don’t know who’s in charge of matching up these pairs, but they are crazy geniuses.

Pairing We Most Want to Insert Ourselves Into the Middle Of: Amy Poehler & Amy Schumer

Side bar: Allison Janney and her see-through dress are also invited to that party.

Dual Award for Creepiest/ Biggest Envy of All 90s Girls: John Stamos & Gina Rodriguez
Stamos’ hand was doing some major wandering after the nominee announcements, and no one seemed to mind.

Most Mind Meltingly Boring: Maggie Gyllenhaal & Liev Schreiber

Should Always Appear Together In Everything: Anthony Anderson & Tracee Ellis Ross

Most Amused By Themselves and Each Other: Jane Lynch & Eric Stonestreet

Best Impression of a Minister Who Brought a Homeless Man to the Emmys: Colin Hanks & Will Forte

Least Likely To Be Able To Handle Sharing the Stage With Another Human: Lady Gaga
Good call, Emmys producers, for clearly recognizing that Gaga is too just slightly but disturbingly off to have anyone next to her.

Too Glorious To Share the Stage With Anyone Else: Tina Fey
Just Tina, her wonderful glasses, and a big ol’ bouffant. That’s all that stage can handle.

Most What-Do-You-Even-Say-About-How-Gross-And-Uncomfortable-This-Was: Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard


Right on the heels of Howard’s abhorrent Rolling Stone profile, you’d think he might have kept things low key. You would have been wrong. Between the awkward banter, the interrupting, and the super weird kiss, this was by far the most uncomfortable 30 seconds of the show. When Taraji told Terrence “You make me nervous,” we believed her on all levels.

Best Side Bangs: Marcia Gay Harden & Lena Heady
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Biggest Imbalance of Personality: Mindy Kaling & Zachary Levi
Levi’s contribution to the pairing seemed to be “Look handsome and giggle at Kaling.” Which, to his credit, he nailed.

Hattiest Hat: L.L. Cool J

Fewest F*cks Given: Mel Brooks
He talked too long, shouted at Ianucci, then spent most of Veep’s acceptance speech taking selfies with the cast and team.

Best Rant: John Oliver

Best Distraction: Ben McKenzie & Jaimie Alexander

Ben McKenzie’s total lack of personality in usually overwhelmingly glaring, but Jamie Alexander’s smokey flu voice, shiny helmet hair, and disco ball dress not only made me overlook McKenzie, but I also had to rewind my DVR twice to catch the winners they announced.

Pairing We Wished Were Real: Viola Davis & Robert Durst
Not cool, Samberg.

Best Everything, Period: Tracy Morgan
I didn’t think anything in this show could evoke more joy than Anna Chlumsky’s face every single moment a camera was on her, but then Tracy Morgan took the stage fifteen months after his traumatic accident and threatened to impregnate a whole bunch of celebrities at the Emmys after party.

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