Whether George R.R. Martin ends up with much reason to celebrate on the Emmys front Sunday night remains to be seen, but he already had a reason to party down — it was his birthday, a milestone that host Andy Samberg noted to great comedic effect.
Martin — whose “A Song of Ice and Fire” series of novels sparked the HBO fantasy drama — was on hand in the Emmys audience on Sunday. As Samberg pointed out, it was both the night of the 67th Emmy Awards and the author’s 67th birthday.
“In fact, we have a photo of George at the very first Emmys,” Samberg said.
Cut to a photo of a baby, decked out in a tuxedo and Martin’s trademark cap and facial hair, sitting on the red carpet.
Samberg then poked fun at what is perhaps television’s most hotly debated topic this year — whether one of its most revered characters really perished during the show’s most recent season.
“Happy Birthday, George, and thanks for telling me during the commercial that Jon Snow is still alive,” Samberg cracked.