The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards officially kicked off Monday night, August 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California. After a monologue by host Seth Meyers, in which he poked fun at MTV for airing the Video Music Awards and Netflix as a hot new version of cable, he introduced Amy Poehler as "my beautiful and talented friend, Beyonce," to announce the best supporting actor in comedy.
The first award handed out that night went to Ty Burrell of "Modern Family". He bested his own co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson for his second win in the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category.
The Phil Dunphy depicter read a speech written by his on-screen children on the ABC series. "I should probably thank my wife because she's super pretty," he thanked his real-life wife Holly Anne Brown who came with him to the ceremony. He added about his kids whom he sometimes brings to the set, "They're cute, but they're just not 'I can support my whole family' cute."
Louis C.K. won the second Emmy of the night for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series through his work on "Louie". "Thank you that's very nice, I appreciate that," he said when accepting the award for the controversial episode, "So Did the Fat Lady", which included a speech about being an overweight woman.
Jimmy Kimmel announced the best supporting actress in a comedy. He delivered some jokes, saying when the camera panned to Matthew McConaughey, "That's not a television face, that's a movie star face right there." He also gave a shout-out to Tracy Morgan who has been in recovery after a car accident earlier this summer.
The prize went to Allison Janney of "Mom". It's her sixth Emmy, four of which for her role on "The West Wing" and another she recently won for guest-starring on "Masters of Sex". "I play a mom on 'Mom' and a grandmother, and as of last season a great-grandmother. This season I can only hope for incontinent," she said in her speech.
Jim Parsons also added another Emmy to his shelf after being named Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy. With his fourth win, "The Big Bang Theory" star is now tied for the most Lead Actor Comedy with Carroll O'Connor, Michael J. Fox and Kelsey Grammer.
"Modern Family" won a second Emmy that night through Gail Mancuso who nabbed Outstanding Direction in a Comedy Series. Jimmy Fallon and Uzo Aduba were other stars who already took home an award each for their guest stints on "Saturday Night Live" and "Orange is the New Black" respectively.