Donald Glover may be one of today’s most notable stars, but he showed up at the Emmys on Monday night looking almost unrecognizable.
Glover appeared in the audience as Teddy Perkins, a character he portrayed in the second season of his hit show “Atlanta.” Perkins, who Glover plays in makeup and a wig, appeared in just a single episode of the show as a strange man with a mask-like face who encounters Lakeith Stanfield’s character Darius.
“Atlanta” fans pointed out Perkins’ appearance early on in the show, where Glover was sitting in the front row, as he is nominated for five awards this year. Bill Hader, who won the best actor in a comedy series category opposite Glover, hugged the “Atlanta” star before heading on stage, and backstage, said, “I don’t know who that was I hugged but it was the guy from ‘Atlanta,’ he showed up.”
Online, the audience was quick to point out Glover’s character choice, with comedian Ben Schwartz joking that “the only thing more intense than Teddy Perkins being in the front row of the Emmys is trying to explain to someone who doesn’t watch Atlanta who Teddy Perkins is.”
The only thing more intense than Teddy Perkins being in the front row of the Emmys is trying to explain to someone who doesn’t watch Atlanta who Teddy Perkins is.
— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) September 18, 2018
More reactions below:
Donald Glover totally dressed like Teddy Perkins to get that award smh my mans deserved that 😭 pic.twitter.com/1ir9YVZUTb
— Elise Swopes (@Swopes) September 18, 2018
Wait, Teddy Perkins is in attendance at the Emmys so ‘Atlanta‘ wins the whole ceremony pic.twitter.com/pRV3Rj7xpF
— Cameron Williams (@MrCamW) September 18, 2018
WHEN DID DONALD GLOVER CHANGE BACK? DID HE HIRE SOMEONE ELSE TO COME AS TEDDY PERKINS?? IS TEDDY PERKINS REAL??? #Emmys2018
— karen han (@karenyhan) September 18, 2018
I would like to take this moment to scream “WE COULD HAVE GOTTEN A TEDDY PERKINS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH” at the TV Academy pic.twitter.com/1zV1NLZADp
— ︽✵︽ ashley ︽✵︽ (@AshleyEsqueda) September 18, 2018