Oliver was among many of the evening's honorees to pay tribute to comedy legend Norm Macdonald, who died last week after a private nine-year battle with cancer.
"I just want to say this is an award for late-night comedy," he added. "No one was funnier in the last 20 years than Norm Macdonald on late-night comedy, so if, if you have any time in the next week, do what I did and just spend time YouTubing clips of Norm and Conan because it just doesn't get better than that."
Macdonald also was name-checked moments later when "Saturday Night Live" executive producer Lorne Michaels paid tribute to the late "Weekend Update" host, hailing Macdonald "one of the best we ever had."
Jason Sudeikis dumps on Lorne Michaels
While accepting his Emmy Award for lead actor in a comedy series, "Ted Lasso" star and co-writer Jason Sudeikis delivered a heartfelt speech thanking his parents, mentors and teachers and show teammates.
But it was the "Saturday Night Live" alum's callout of Michaels that made his speech particularly memorable,
"I want to thank folks at 'SNL.' I want to thank Lorne [Michaels], who went to go take a dump now, perfect," Sudeikis quipped. "He's gonna get home, he's gonna watch it — he loves watching the Emmys at home. It's fine, it's fine. Which home is the big question."
A 'Schitt's Creek' reunion we didn't know we needed
"Schitt's Creek" stars Dan Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Annie Murphy and Eugene Levy won big last year but were hanging out at a remote viewing party in Canada to celebrate. So it was a welcome sight to see the group onstage Sunday night with the feel-good levity fans of their comedy series grew to love. As usual, the laughs came at the expense of the elder Levy, who apparently told show writers to "lift" the lines for their bit — a task they seemingly took literally, leaving the group to improvise without a teleprompter.
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