August 25, 2014 8:46 PM EDT


The opening monologues of the Emmy Awards always poke fun at Hollywood itself, but Seth Meyers’ remarks at the 66th show were even more inside baseball than normal — making fun at the politics of the television industry, not its stars. The Late Night host took aim at the decision to move the Emmys to a Monday night in August to avoid football season conflicts (“keeping with the actor’s tradition of running away from jocks”); the head-scratching surrounding certain shows’ nomination categories (the past year featured “comedies that made you laugh and comedies that made you cry because they were dramas submitted as comedies”); and HBO’s dominance as the network with the most nominations (HBO is “the kid you grew up with who did way better than you expected”).

Watch the speech above.

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