From the Golden Globes to the Emmys to the Grammys to the Oscars, awards ceremonies offer no shortage of drunk, rambling acceptance speeches. But even the most intoxicated presenters, for the most part, at least attempt to stick to the script they’ve been given. This year’s shining exception is novelist and Bored to Death creator Jonathan Ames, who had quite a bit of Prosecco at Saturday’s Writers Guild Awards and spent a delightful six minutes freestyling about effeminate audience members, the inevitable triumph of Modern Family, the unavoidable failure of Bored to Death, Jews in general (he is one), and even the suggested pronunciations provided by the ceremony’s writers.
Oh, and don’t make the mistake of stopping the video when Ames cedes the stage to the award winners — he’s back soon after, with some even better material, including the story of the first time he ever got stoned. The video, unfortunately, includes no shots of the audience, but we’re hoping he got a standing ovation.