The 45-year-old black-ish star helped Lauren Graham read off the names of those who were dubbed television’s best and brightest this year, and the actor couldn’t hold back his emotions – especially when his own comedy was tapped.
Anderson reacted to many of the nominees with cheers, but it when he read his name for lead actor in a comedy series nomination, he really lost it.
“Woo!” he screamed, slamming the podium as Graham, 49, giggled. “Hi mama! I know you watching. Hi mama!”
Other hilarious Anderson moments? His pronunciation struggles, specifically with lead actress in a drama nominee Tatiana Maslany, whose name he had to read from a special paper.
“I went to public school in Compton, but I got this,” Anderson joked.
Later, when calling black-ish costar Tracee Ellis Ross‘ name, Anderson returned to gleeful screaming.
Graham finally summoned Television Academy CEO Bruce Rosenblum back to the stage to help finish out the nominations – a move Anderson rejected.
“Do we have to?” Anderson joked, before interrupting Rosenbaum while he read Black-ish‘s outstanding comedy series nod with a squeal.
“Let me say it,” he yelled, with a little leg kick for emphasis.
Another revelation? Anderson always thought outstanding drama series Downton Abbey was Downtown Abbey. Us too, Anthony.
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Anderson certainly livened up the typically rigid broadcast – and fans on social media took note.
Wrote one user, “Can Anthony Anderson present the #Emmys nominations every year?”