Those who create the entertainment we consume when we’re bored were honoured last night during the 68th annual Emmy awards. Actors, directors, writers and producers of various age, sex, and race took to some big theatre in Hollywood to honour The People v. O.J. Simpson in what was a very memorable night helmed by host broadcaster ABC’s last night captain, James “Jimmy” Kimmel. Since we’re the official Canadian home of Kimmel’s eponymous talk show, we were quite excited to see what he’d come up with to distract us from what is usually a very tepid affair.
Of all the duties of an awards show host, the opening monologue is the most important. It sets a light, fun tone for the evening that is slowly eroded away speech after speech, and commercial after commercial. Jimmy elected to go with the old “insert host into nominated properties” gag, which began with him in a medium speed chase alongside Malcolm Jamal Warner, and ended with an appearance from the least successful member of the Bush family. 

Jimmy is well-known for utilizing his entourage on his show, and on Emmy night he borrowed the services of his mother who was nice enough to make everyone a nice sack lunch. She was aided by those delightful Stranger Things kids who have probably started smoking by now even though you don’t want to admit it.

Like any good mother, Kimmel’s included sweet little notes into each brown bag, which were an excellent vehicle for more jokes. 

And of course Jimmy’s “arch enemy” Matt Damon made an appearance while chomping on a certain fruit that referenced in a certain movie that Damon was certainly in. 

You can check out more moments—or the whole show if you faked sick today—over at CTV. If you’re wondering who won awards in the comedy categories, don’t bother calling that know-it-all cousin because we’ve pasted everything you need below. We’d offer our congrats but there’s no way any of these people have ever laid eyes on this website.

Outstanding Comedy Series

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Key & Peele

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Louie Anderson, Baskets

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Kate McKinnon, SNL

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Jill Soloway, “Man on the Land” (Transparent)

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, “Parents” (Master of None)

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
Patton Oswalt: Talking For Clapping