While Colbert had plenty of jokes about Netflix and Game of Thrones ("Just a reminder, if you do win, don't forget to help everyone who got you up here. Mainly Game of Thrones for not being eligible this year.), the majority of the monologue skewed political. Billy Eichner encouraged donations to Hand in Hand and Ted Cruz was the subject of a very subtle and very NSFW streaming joke.
Here is a rundown of Colbert's best jokes, including many about Trump:
On Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown: "She's amazing in that show, proving once and for all, there are roles in Hollywood for women over 12."
On This Is Us season two: "But seriously, Milo, you're going to die this season right?" Colbert asked if his character, Jack, might slip in the show or eat bad clams. "I'm just saying, your fans want to see you dead. It's a compliment."
On the most diverse nominees in Emmy history: "That's impressive. I didn't know you could applaud while patting yourself on the back at the same time." He mentioned nominees like Anderson and Viola Davis. "And Bill Maher. I assume he's black since he's so comfortable using the N-word."
On Trump: "We know that the biggest TV star of the last year was Donald Trump. You may not like it, but he's the biggest star. And Alec Baldwin, obviously. You guys are neck and neck, and Alec, you're up against a lot of neck."
"He was nominated multiple times for Celebrity Apprentice and never won. Why did you not give him an Emmy?...If he had an Emmy, he would not have run for president." He continued, "He never forgave you and he never will. The president has complained repeatedly that the Emmys are rigged," cuing a debates clip where Trump said he, "Shoulda gotten it."
"But he didn't," Colbert quipped. "Because unlike the presidency, Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote."