It’s just 45 minutes into the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards show live on Fox, and people are already claiming that one longtime comedian and actor is winning the night.
While introing the nominees for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy, actor Ben Stiller took a stroll down memory lane remembering some of the world’s most well-known comedic actors, like the late George Burns and Lucille Ball.
While on stage, each of those entertainers was represented by lifelike wax figures.
Stiller then mentions legendary comedian Bob Newhart. However, because Newhart is still alive and well, the 90-year-old entertainer represented himself onstage and the hilarity that ensued between Stiller and Newhart had people on Twitter saying Newhart won the night.
As Stiller continued to praise Newhart for his past works, the legend interrupted Stiller to say that he was still alive, saying that it was “weird” Stiller was talking about him as if he was past tense and joked that he was going to kick Stiller’s a** so “that way you’ll know I’m alive.”
Bob Newhart: "This legend is gonna kick your ass. That way you'll know I'm alive."
Ben Stiller: "I thought you didn't curse."
Newhart: "You thought I was dead."#Emmys2019
— Charlotte Clymer?️? (@cmclymer) September 23, 2019
The moment quickly won over the hearts of all those watching the Emmys in real-time:
Bob Newhart is THE MAN and dry tv comedy basically wouldn't exist without him #Emmys
— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) September 23, 2019
— Elizabeth Smith (@Dumspirospero67) September 23, 2019
— Hugh Sturdy (@SturdyHugh) September 23, 2019
Fox continues the awesome tradition of using a deadpan Bob Newhart for an awesome #emmys bit. "You put me with George (Burns) and Lucy and it's…weird…This legend is going to kick your ass. That way you'll know i'm alive."
— Eric Deggans at NPR (@Deggans) September 23, 2019
All you need is @BobNewhart .
— Jen Euston (@jeneuston) September 23, 2019
— Hector Cortez (@hectorcortez) September 23, 2019
— Curtis Stephen (@curtisstephen23) September 23, 2019
So, just so the world is clear, Bob Newhart is still alive, he’s still as funny as ever, and he most definitely was one of the brightest highlights at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards.