10 Awesomely Hysterical Emmy Speeches [Video]

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Here we are now, entertain us! When it comes to Emmy Award speeches, we like them short, sweet, and funny. Luckily, over the years, many winners have amused us with dry wit, silly gags, or just outright astonishment. Check out 10 of the funniest Emmy speeches of all time.

1. Valerie Harper (1971)

Harper was used to making people laugh as Rhoda on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." But she really got people rollicking when she accepted her Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series award. Harper was so flustered, she used her trophy as a mike — until comedy legend Lucille Ball stepped in with some sage advice.

2. Meryl Streep (2004)

The acting queen has received 17 Oscar nominations (winning three), 27 Golden Globe nominations (winning eight), and three Emmy nominations (winning two). "Award" might as well be her middle name. But even so, "There are some days when I myself think I'm overrated," Streep purred. After a dramatic pause, she added, "But not today!"

3. James Spader (2007)

The 59th Annual Emmy Awards ceremony was a bit controversial for its round stage. As Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series winner Spader joked, "I've been to thousands and thousands of concerts in my life, and I can tell you these are the worst seats I've ever had."

4. Katherine Heigl (2007)

The "Grey's Anatomy" star was blindsided when named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. But as she joked, even more shocked was her own mother, who didn't think Heigl "had a shot in hell."

5. Tina Fey (2008)

In contrast to Heigl, when Fey accepted the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, she thanked her parents for "raising me to have confidence that is disproportionate with my looks and abilities. Well done."

6. Kristin Chenoweth (2009)

The pint-size star of "Pushing Daisies" was so surprised and happy with her win, she could hardly squeak out her speech. But when she did, she amused everyone by noting, "I'm unemployed now, so I'd like to be on 'Mad Men.' I also like 'The Office' and '24.'"

7. Barbra Streisand (1965)

The legendary entertainer is one of the few people with an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony). And when she won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Entertainment, she cracked that she loved watching award ceremonies as a kid to see "was he drunk and was she drunk?"

8. The Lonely Island (2007)

The comedy trio from "Saturday Night Live," led by Andy Samberg, scored the award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics at the Creative Arts Emmys. "We were thinking, 'Hey, here's this young up-and-comer, Justin Timberlake, who's clearly very talented and could really use a break,'" Samberg dead-panned. "'Let's throw him a digital-short bone.'"

9. Julia Louis-Dreyfus (2012)

The ladies of comedy always like to mix it up. And this time, when "Veep" star Louis-Dreyfus accepted for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, a funny thing happened when she began reading her speech. She started off by thanking NBC and "Parks and Recreation" — somehow, she and Amy Poehler had gotten their speeches mixed up!

10. Steve Carell for Ricky Gervais (2007)

This one isn't really an acceptance speech, since the winner wasn't on hand to get his trophy. Gervais won the Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series award for "Extras," but wasn't present to take the stage. Instead, presenters Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart invited friend Steve Carell to come get it instead. Hilarity ensued.

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live from the Nokia Theatre LA Live on Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS.