Emmys presenters and honorees didn’t shy away from addressing politics on the eve of the 2020 presidential election — not even this year’s postal service controversy was spared.
Between early awards at Sunday night’s live (albeit primarily virtual) ceremony, Anthony Carrigan (from HBO’s Barry) arrived onstage at the Staples Center in a USPS mail carrier’s outfit carrying the next category’s envelope. When Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel asked where his usual mailman was, Carrigan, calling himself “Derek” and speaking in a Russian accent, responded, “I am new mailman. Old mailman have unfortunate accident.” (Carrigan plays a Chechen mobster on Barry.)
“Oh no, I hope he’s okay,” Kimmel said.
“He is not,” Carrigan quickly responded.
Carrigan then identified that he was from St. Petersberg, “Florida,” and began working for the postal service right before the 2016 election. He then asked Kimmel for his mail-in voting ballot for the upcoming 2020 presidential election. (Kimmel said he would mail his in from home.)