- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 21, 2008

Heard at the 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards:

“I’m living proof, kids at home watching, that anybody can play the president.”

_ Paul Giamatti, accepting award for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie, for playing the second president in “John Adams.”


“They say actors are people who look good saying lines written by smarter, more clever people. And, in our show that is certainly the truth.”

_ Alec Baldwin, accepting award for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for “30 Rock.”


“I think we’re proving that complicated, powerful, mature women are sexy in high entertainment and can carry a show.

_ Glenn Close, who won award for lead actress in a dramatic series for “Damages,” saluting her fellow nominees.


“We are like on Sarah Palin’s bridge to nowhere, that’s where we are right now. The government can’t even bail us out of this. We have nothing.”

_ Emmy co-host Howie Mandel, who noted he and his co-hosts didn’t have a prepared opening monologue


“What if I just kept talking for 12 minutes? What would happen? Oh wait, that was the opener.”

_ Jeremy Piven, razzing the reality-show hosts who opened the show after his acceptance-speech joke got few laughs.


“Being here tonight is a big thrill for me because as a kid I use to run home from school and get all dressed up and play 60th anniversary Emmy Awards.”

_ Steve Martin said before introducing comedian Tommy Smothers, who received an honorary Emmy.


“It’s hard for me to stay silent, when I keep hearing that peace is only attainable through war. And there is nothing more scary than watching ignorance in action.”

_ Tommy Smothers as he accepted his honorary Emmy.


“Heeereee’s Johnny!”

_ Ed McMahon as Josh Groban sang a tribute to TV’s top shows over the past 40 years.


“I really look forward to the next administration whoever it is. I have nothing to follow that up with. I’m just saying I really look forward to the next administration whoever it is.”

_ Jon Stewart, who won for best variety, music or comedy series for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

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