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Emmys 2015: What exactly was going on with Andy Samberg's opening monologue?

Andy Samberg is hosting tonight's 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, and he just pranced off the stage having used a strange blend of classic award show host tactics. He opened with pre-filmed song-and-dance man antics and cracked wise about the glut of quality programming; he referenced the wackiest possible figures across the political spectrum, from Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders; he spent several minutes on a funky bit weaving together Ed Asner, Uzo Aduba, Allison Janney, and arcane Emmys trivia.

It felt peculiar even as Samberg was delivering it, and every cut to members of the audience featured someone looking a little confused. You can't blame them: how else do you react to a set that followed up Justin Timberlake references with...

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