Teddy Perkins, Donald Glover’s Creepy ‘Atlanta’ Character, Spotted in Emmys Audience

Teddy Perkins was played on “Atlanta” by Glover in mask-like makeup

Last Updated: September 17, 2018 @ 6:30 PM

Teddy Perkins, one of the most memorable “Atlanta” characters showed up in the audience of the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards — catching pretty much everyone but Donald Glover by surprise.

Viewers caught sight of Perkins, a creepy rich recluse who appeared in the show’s second season, as the camera panned over the audience at the 2018 Emmys. Glover played the makeup-heavy character on the episode called “Teddy Perkins,” though he wasn’t credited.

But Glover didn’t play Perkins at the Emmys — because both he and Perkins were seen in the crowd.

TheWrap has reached out to Glover’s representatives for comment.

In the episode called “Teddy Perkins,” Perkins is the brother of a famous musician and comes off as something of a send-up of Michael Jackson. It plays like a horror story, and it soon seems that Perkins might murder Darius (Lakeith Stanfield) who visited Perkins’ house to take home a piano.

“Teddy Perkins” made a huge splash among the fans of “Atlanta,” and the episode’s director, Hiro Murai, was nominated for Oustanding Directing in a Comedy Series for directing the episode. The Emmy in the category went to Amy Sherman-Palladino for her work directing the show she created, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Murai also directed Glover’s the music video for his Childish Gambino song “This is America.” The powerful video for the politically charged song became a viral sensation.

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