So Holland Taylor and I had our third trip down the Emmy carpet together, and this year was the most (in the words of Ms. Taylor)...CREEPIEST.
It was huge and so hard to connect. It seemed like everyone who was there was NOT in the business. And after the really-long, backed-up, sunny-and-hot-as-hell red carpet, there were THRONGS of fans standing in the lobby behind a velvet rope. Usually there is a big melting pot of people in the lobby of the shrine. It was kind of cool to have Ernest Borgnine and some random producer's daughter and her friend milling about side by side in the lobby - not this year.
I learned an important lesson about the Hot in Hollywood Benefit at the Emmy's - Bigger does not mean better!
Here are some moments you did NOT get to see on TV:
Oprah Pulls a Sight Gag - During Oprah's speech, did you notice that she was laughing a lot at the end - seemingly at nothing? Well, right near the end when she said "And now I leave you..." She pointed to her wrist like someone mentioning the time. At that point Tom and Rita (Hanks and Wilson, natch), who were sitting 2 rows behind us across the aisle broke into laughter. They were the only ones, and Oprah was so close to them she started to laugh too. I guess they had some joke going. Maybe a dare. I love that shit!
Kimmel Gets the Ball Rolling - When Don Rickles came out, Jimmy Kimmel stood up immediately. And NO ONE ELSE DID. So Kathy saw this and this prompted her to scream GET UP.. Which was awesome!!! What you didn't see was that as soon as everyone was up she looked at Jimmy and mouthed "Thank You". Nice going guys.
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey Arrive in a Golf Cart and Miss the Red Carpet - At the HBO party Amy and Holland sat down for a while to talk about the show - they agreed it was creepy BUT did agree when I said that the "prone to" creepy Josh Groban was actually AWESOME!!! I take back every I have said about him privately to say HE KICKED ASS! Anyway, Amy was saying that LA sucks and the traffic was so bad that they were on the freeway for an hour and a half, and when they got the the event there was a gun scare, cars stopped, and so Tina and she had to be picked up in a golf cart three blocks from the theater. It must have been one of those bulletproof golf carts. The girl is three weeks away from having a baby guys - COME ON...a golf cart?!?!
Reality Bites - So why did the Reality Hosts get to go on and on about nothing (from an inside source: 9 minutes overtime in the opening alone!) and then actors bits get cut??? I know many people were pissed that Kirk Ellis (the Emmy Winner for writing big winner John Adams) got cut off completely when he was talking about men in history talking articulately. I mean really? You let the Reality guys ramble on and you cut this guys off? For shame, ABC...
HIH Moments - I did get to see America Ferrera (HIH1/2/3) at the Governors Ball- she was gorgeous as ever. We did not talk about HIH4... but we will. I got to say "Hi" to HIH3 alum Neil Patrick Harris while walking over to the Gov. Ball, and he, ever so kindly, took the goddamn gold confetti out of my hair (many of the women were not happy about that landing in their very expensive coifs either). There was also a sweet moment at the HBO party when HIH Advisory Board member (and VP/Assoc. Publisher of Variety) Brian Gott told HIH1 alumnus Holland how much he admired her. Holland was so touched. I also got to introduce (off-camera) Holland and HIH2/3 Alum Randolph Duke on the Red Carpet. Supposedly I was behind them during the interview looking surly holding Holland's things (but Hiko said that - so I take it with a grain of rice...jk)
On a side note. Kari Lizer (Creator of The New Adventures of Old Christine) recognized me as Holland and I were talking to Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I mean, that is so sweet! I played the smallest part in the third episode of season one! Julia was also lovely, as always! And, another side note, it seems that most of the stars were relieved that there was no gifting suite this year. As a friend who always gets the hand-me-downs... I was not relieved!
All in all - a good time was had by all. It reminds me of why I came up with the idea of HIH being an entertainment community event. So often the only time the acting community comes together on a whole is for awards shows. And don't get me wrong - that is fun BUT everyone is so dressed up and so self-aware because of all the press - I really wanted there to be a place where we could all let down our hair. I am more aligned with that vision than ever before - thanks 60th Annual Emmy Awards!!!
Your HIH Headmaster,