Saturday Night Live alum Seth Meyers became the first comedian to return for a second run at hosting the ESPYs since Dennis Miller’s two-year run when the award show began. All of America’s top athletes (and several Canadians who snuck in) gathered together at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles two night’s ago to honor each other with awards voted on by the fans; it’s kind of like the Kids’ Choice Awards for ESPN, but with more sexting jokes.
The “Weekend Update” host came out swinging as it did not take him long to dive right into Brian Wilson’s beard. The Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher laughed with the audience; it was time all the sports heroes in attendance were fair game. The Mavericks, the Bruins, and the Packers — all championship teams in attendance — were mildly mocked during the address. But the NBA’s Miami Heat — who were not there — got it really bad.
Between the LeBron James scandal and the team’s shocking loss in Game seven of the NBA Finals, Meyers took self-admittedly easy shots at James, Wade, and Bosh– also known as ‘The Big 3′ (“in honor of the number of quarters they play”).
Meyers was simultaneously likeable and edgy. I mean, what would a sports awards show be without a Kardashian joke? And when a joke didn’t kill, Meyers would just wait until the jocks thought it through. It seemed sometimes it took them longer to get the smarter punch lines, but overall Meyers successfully did what many funny men try to do in high school: make fun of the jocks without getting beat up. Let’s hope we see Seth invited back to host again next year.
Check out the opening monologue here!