Anthony Anderson couldn't hold back his emotions after learning, live, that he was nominated for lead actor in a comedy series

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated September 26, 2016 03:46 PM
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Anthony Anderson is up for the Emmy for lead actor in a comedy series – and his hilarious antics during the nomination ceremony is proof that the nod is well deserved.

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!”

As Graham congratulated him, Anderson joked of his competition – which includes Will Forte and Jeffrey Tambor, “You don’t even have to name nobody else, just go into the next category,” he said.

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?”