Jimmy Kimmel has delivered big laughs the past few years with the filmed bits he’s aired on the post-Oscars of his late-night show. So hopes were high that he’d do something similar to open his Emmy Awards hosting gig on Sunday (Sept. 23).
Kimmel and his writers delivered, with an assist from some of the highest-profile actresses at this year’s awards.
The opening sketch also features Zooey Deschanel, Christina Hendricks, Connie Britton, a naked, cake-eating Lena Dunham, Kathy Bates, Martha Plimpton and Mindy Kaling, all of whom offer an overly Botoxed Kimmel when he has a crisis of confidence before going on stage.
They also offer to help him get his old face back — by repeatedly punching him (who knew?). Cameos by the infamous reality-hosting team of hosts from a few Emmys back and Ellen DeGeneres — who lends Kimmel her pants right before he takes the stage — complete the comedy win.
Watch the video above and let us know what you think. Kimmel set a pretty good tone for the show, wouldn’t you agree?