Kenan Thompson tears up Leonardo DiCaprio in Emmy’s 2022 monologue

The 2022 Primetime Emmys are officially underway thanks to Kenan Thompson’s choreographed dances to TV’s most iconic theme songs.

“It’s me, the mayor of television, Kenan Thompson,” said the 44-year-old Saturday Night Live veteran as he walked around the star-studded audience.

“Tonight is a party. It’s a celebration, because that’s how our agents earn their living.”

He continued: “If it weren’t for television, what would we do with our free time?

“Read books? Nobody in this room has read a book in 50 years. Have sex? Rough,” he joked.

“Television is all we have on Netflix and chill and Paramount+ and have dinner at home,” he said, before jumping into a choreographed dance to the theme song “Friends.”

He also tucked himself into the center of the iconic squares during the opening sequence of “The Brady Bunch.”

“I found out that Mr. Mike Brady is my biological father. Looks like Kwanzaa is going to be very different this year,” Thompson joked, before the camera panned to a table where The Brady Bunch’s organ cast sat.

Finally, Thompson ended the dance portion of the night with a Game of Thrones-inspired wig, saying, “It’s ‘The Game of Thrones’ b—hes.”

Kenan Thompson danced to remixes of well-known TV series theme songs, including "Game of Thrones."
Kenan Thompson danced to remixes of well-known theme songs from TV shows, including Game of Thrones.
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After a commercial break, Thompson returned for a decent, joke-filled monologue.

He gave a special shout out to “Euphoria” star Zendaya, who celebrated her 26th birthday last week.

“26 is a weird age in Hollywood. I mean, you’re young enough to play a high school student, but you’re too old to date Leonardo DiCaprio,” he said as the actress hid her face in her hands.

“And ‘Succession’ has 25 nominations. Nice,” Thompson continued. “I love the Roy family. “Succession” is the only show that has three brothers, but no brothershe said of the show’s lack of diversity.

Twitter poked fun at the cast, who stared blankly as cameras cropped on them. “The cast of the successor is too white. You didn’t understand what Kenan said.” wrote one viewer.

Before the awards ceremony, Thompson hinted that his “SNL” characters might appear at the awards ceremony in the weeks leading up to the event, but that didn’t happen at the show’s opening.

“I love playing a character,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I’d say the odds are probably pretty high because I’m willing to do it.”

In particular, the comedian noted his character Diondre Cole from the recurring sketch “What Up With That?”.

He also revealed that his colleagues at SNL were helping him prepare for the hosting gig.

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Kenan Thompson performs with backup dancers during the Emmys opening.
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“A large majority of [my co-stars] are usually improvisers, so they’re used to just going wild. Whatever you say elicits a reaction from them,” he said. “So ‘SNL’ taught me to always be ready, always thinking. Especially when you’re with people like that,” he said.

“To be a part of this incredible evening where we honor the best in the television community is insanely exciting, and doing it on NBC — my longtime network family — makes it even more special,” Thompson, 44, said in a statement when he was announced as the host. “Like all TV fans, I can’t wait to see the stars of my favorite shows.”

Thompson will begin his 20th season on “SNL” later this fall and, as a six-time nominee for the award, is no stranger to the Emmys either.

Kenan Thompson attends the 73rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at LA LIVE on September 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
Kenan Thompson attended the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards at LA LIVE on September 19, 2021.
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He received two nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his comedy series Kenan and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for SNL in 2021.

In 2018, he won a gold statuette for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the SNL song “Come Back, Barack.”

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